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CCGs restrict surgery
Dear Editor: In past few days you have written about the new stringent restrictions being placed on people in need of new hips and knees by the Three Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in the West Midlands. They claim its a cost saving exercise. I cannot support this The delay will cost the NHS more analgesic prescriptions, more physiotherapy, more GP & Social Care support. Patients are likely to become less mobile - and so likely to gain weight, with all the implications to their health that this brings! Not only that but less mobile patients may not be able to work, nor be self sufficient, while placing a bigger burden on the NHS, Furthermore, and from a humanitarian point of view, delaying peoples' operations because they are not in sufficient pain is diabolical! In the past few days our current Administration has roundly condemned torture: but they apparently condone CCGs who wrack up the pain levels of oft-times elderly and vulnerable people - allegedly to save money! May I finally point out that much of the current evidence shows that patients with a BMI of 30-40 do not have worse outcomes that lighter patients. The evidence indicates that heavier patients who have an uncomplicated outcome are as happy with the outcome as thinner patients. I trust you will give as clear a voice on this issue to patients as you do to the NHS Administrators and Clinicians...
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