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I’m an early victim of the decision to restrict hip replacements

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I’m an early victim of the decision to restrict hip replacements

I’m an early victim of the decision to restrict hip replacements to save money (see http://falseeconomy.org.uk/blog/nhs-efficiency-savings-are-being-achieved-by-rationing-patient-healthcare ). Last year I was due to have my right hip replaced due to osteoarthritis and cysts in my femur (which mean it’s collapsing). The operation was postponed because they thought I had angina (I didn’t, tests later showed). When I went back to have my hip operation rescheduled, I was told the local NHS would not pay for it any more, because my Body Mass Index was 30 or above (it’s 32 - when I was scheduled to have my op last December it was 36!)

My consultant says there is no clinical reason to postpone my hip replacement (indeed, my condition will continue to deteriorate), it is just a way to ration healthcare. My options are: opt-out of the NHS and pay to go private (because there is no clinical reason why I shouldn’t have the operation tomorrow) or go on a crash diet (the sort that’s bad for you) to get my weight down (a healthy diet would take six months or more).

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