Rationing already widespread in the NHS for a variety of treatments…

Aside from the fact that there is no “N” HS but rather 4/5 regional services, Dr Mark Porter shows his own denial by his e-mail as quoted in the penultimate paragraph of this post. Whilst Politicians and Doctors in the public eye conspire in a collusion of anonymity and denial we can only get a worse service.

Walesonline reports 15th September 2016: Rationing already widespread in the NHS for a variety of treatments


Rationing is rife across the NHS, with patients suffering cutbacks to treatment and expensive drugs, a major survey of doctors has found.

The research, for the Press Association and ITV, found cuts to cancer treatments, costly medicines, mental health services and knee and hip replacements.

Some patients have been left to develop complications before getting the treatment they need, while others are being forced into re-mortgaging to pay for private care.


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More than 100 of the corporation’s best known faces are set to have their pay packets disclosed by next summer.

But the BBC raised fears it would be harder to hold on to its biggest names and pointed out that it already paid less than other broadcasters.


Regular monitoring of prostate cancer as a treatment option offers the same chances of survival 10 years after diagnosis as surgery or radiotherapy, a major study into the disease has discovered.

The decade-long trial, which examined men with localised prostate cancer, found survival rates were extremely high, approximately 99%, irrespective of the treatment administered.

There was no spread of the disease in around 80% of men who were actively monitored during the UK-wide study.

14th September 2016 ITV News: ITV News survey finds doctors ‘rationing care’ as cash crisis hits NHS

The Express and Star: Rationing ‘already widespread in the NHS for a variety of treatments’

The Guernsey Press: Rationing NHS care ’causes delay and distress’

Selina McKee in The Pharma Times: Care rationing widespread in NHS, survey finds

The majority of doctors taking part in a survey for ITV News have admitted to rationing care on the NHS because of financial constraints.

In the survey of 1,000 doctors, undertaken by healthcare data and intelligence provider Wilmington Healthcare, more than two-thirds said they had been forced to ration care as a direct result of the cash crisis. Moreover, 90 percent said further rationing is inevitable.

Services and treatments spanning all aspects of care – from child mental health, hip and knee replacements, and cancer drugs are being restricted to save money, while patients in need of varicose vein removal and cataract surgery are either being denied or made to wait, the news channel said.

According to its research, some patients ended up in accident and emergency departments because they had been refused treatment through normal channels.

However, more than three-quarters of responders believe the NHS should be rationing treatments, citing arguments such as ‘it is necessary for the NHS to survive financially’ and that ‘not all treatments should be available on the NHS’.

In an emailed statement, Dr Mark Porter, council chair of the British Medical Association, said: “The rationing of vital health care not only causes delay and distress to patients, but can ends up costing the NHS more money in the long run. This is especially true in the area of public health spending.

“Inevitably, it will be patients who suffer as the NHS, its doctors, nurses and other staff, are forced to choose between which patients to treat and the type of treatment they receive. The government must realise that the answer lies not in rationing essential services but in addressing the funding shortfall and investing in the future of the NHS.”

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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