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'Low priority' for hip and knee surgery

20th July 2011

The magazine Pulse has suggested that two-thirds of primary care trusts in England have added new procedures to low clinical priority lists since April.

Other treatments that are being limited are those to deal with cataracts and acne scarring, scans to detect osteoporotic bone fractures and treatment for obstructive sleep apnoae. Meanwhile, GPs in Hertfordshire have agreed to bar smokers and those who are obese – those who have a body mass index over 30 - from routine joint replacement surgery.

 

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