Sending fat smokers to the back of the queue is a betrayal of NHS values| Polly Toynbee Who will feel the weight of opprobrium next: boy racers, climbers, potholers, or perhaps middle-aged wine drinkers? At this rate, we’ll all be fair game soon
The Vale of York has been granted permission this week by NHS England to put fat people and smokers to the back of the queue for operations. Starting in January, their treatments will be delayed a year; the obese must lose 10% of their body weight, and smokers give up for at least two months.
The Royal College of Surgeons says it is “very disappointed that NHS England and No 10 seem to be backing this arbitrary policy”. Continue reading... The Guardian