Thousands more patients made to ‘beg for treatment’ as NHS rations hip operations, investigation finds

19 July 2018 – Independent

An investigation has discovered a sharp rise in the number of patients blocked from accessing hip or knee operations by NHS rationing panels, despite their GP thinking surgery is necessary.

Last year thousands of patients were forced to jump through hoops to access these procedures which surgical experts say are “clinically and cost effective”, according to the British Medical Journal (BMJ).

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