Overweight patients are being denied routine treatment by four out of five clinical groups in England, an investigation has found.
Belly – ‘do not treat’
Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group has banned all non-emergency ops, for anyone with a BMI, or weight-to-height index, of 35 or more – deemed severely obese.
Smokers are also denied some treatments by two in three providers according to figures obtained by GP magazine.
Dr Richard Vautrey, of the BMA’s GPs Committee, warned: “If it’s purely cost-saving, it’s not ethical.”
A Department of Health spokesman said: “Blanket restrictions are unacceptable. Decisions should be based on individual clinical needs.