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Mar

NHS limiting access to treatment


A Commons spending watchdog warns that the NHS is rationing treatments in its bid to meet its target of £20bn in efficiency savings by 2014-15, and it has also pointed finger at the health department, saying only 60% of its claimed reductions in spending can be backed up with hard data, the Financial Times Reports.

A Commons spending watchdog warns that the NHS is rationing treatments in its bid to meet its target of £20bn in efficiency savings by 2014-15, and it has also pointed finger at the health department, saying only 60% of its claimed reductions in spending can be backed up with hard data, the Financial Times Reports.

The NHS is being accused of limiting access to treatment such as cataract operations, bariatric weight-loss surgery and hip and knee replacements and patient groups and professional bodies say their criteria for eligibility are “arbitrary and inconsistent”.

Chief executive of the NHS Commissioning Board, Sir David Nicholson has been blasted for not taking action to transform the way that these services are provided, while still facing a salvo of complaints over his handling of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust scandal.

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