Monday, 27 April 2015

Rationing care is a fact of life for the NHS

Rationing care is a fact of life for the NHS It’s one of the toughest issues the health service has to face, but it should be debated openly, honestly and without political interference

This week’s survey by HSJ revealing that 39% of clinical commissioning groups it contacted wereconsidering rationing care to save money in the coming year highlights one of the murkier areas of health policy and raises a number of difficult questions.

Rationing is nothing new, of course. When waiting lists stretched to many months and even years, treatment was often rationed simply by the patient dying before they reach the operating table. Heart surgery was a striking example of this. The long waits in A&E departments acted as another form of rationing. Continue reading... The Guardian

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