Kent and Medway NHS hernia policy ‘may be rationing’ surgery

17 July 2018 – BBC News

The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) has said that groin hernia patients are having to “prove their pain” and show they have complications to get surgery.

In Kent and Medway, patients are having to show their hernia has grown larger or become “incarcerated” to access operations, the RCS claimed.

The RCS said harsher restrictions may amount to “rationing“.

NHS Clinical Commissioners said patients took priority but that the NHS did not have unlimited resources.


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