NHS rationing laid bare in the Mailonline

Politicians will ALL still tell you there is no rationing..

Stephen Matthews and Peter Floyd report 14th feb 2017: NHS rationing laid bare in the Mailonline


  • Clinical Commissioning Groups across England are cutting services they provide
  • Most areas of the country are affected by attempts to turn deficits into a surplus
  • Many non-urgent procedures have been suspended until the new financial year
  • IVF cycles are facing a reduction and baby-milk may no longer a prescription 

NHS services are being scuppered under controversial plans to save money leading to the creation of a ‘postcode lottery’ across the country, experts today warned.

While the ongoing crisis worsens, cash-strapped clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are announcing a range of proposals to tackle their deficits.

Croydon CCG: As of April, mothers will no longer be given free access to baby milk. Coeliac sufferers will have to pay for their own gluten-free products.

Blackburn with Darwen CCG: Has issued proposals to make patients pay for any medications available to buy over-the-counter.

East Lancashire CCG: Has confirmed it is likely to create similar plans to refuse prescriptions for common treatments.

West Lancashire CCG: Is also proposing to make similar changes in an attempt to save £460,000.

Wirral CCG: Needs to save £12million and are no longer allowing circumcisions for religious reasons. Cosmetic procedures, vasectomies and the number of NHS-funded IVF cycles have also been slashed.

St Helens CCG: Plans were created to cancel all non-urgent operations for four months, but the public voted against them.

Milton Keynes CCG: Last week it published plans to stop giving out hearing aids to hundreds of patients. Those with hearing loss deemed as ‘mild’ would no longer be given the aids. Other sufferers would be limited to just one.

Bath & North East Somerset CCG: Announced that as of April, gluten-free prescriptions will only be given to the most vulnerable coeliac disease sufferers.

Herts Valleys CCG: In December it warned it will have to slash £8.5million of funding for adult social care, but critics warn it could cause havoc on local hospitals.


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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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