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Tuesday 18th June 2019

NHS Trusts 'rationing operations'

19th June 2012

A Freedom of Information request has shown that 90% of NHS trusts have restricted the number of procedures they carry out as a way of saving money.

Cataract surgeries have been limited by two thirds of trusts and 89% of tonsil removal operations had been cut back. Health Minister Simon Burns told ITV Daybreak: "It has got to be simply a clinical decision as to when a patient receives their treatment. We have had the chief executive of the NHS David Nicholson, the medical director, writing to the trusts to tell them in no uncertain terms that the only criteria must be a clinical decision not a financial one. Ultimately if we find evidence that they are ignoring that, then the Secretary of State does have the powers to intervene."

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