Overweight patients are being denied routine treatment by four out of five clinical groups in England, an investigation has found.
Procedures including IVF, hip replacements and even hair removal are refused if the patient is seen as too fat.
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.
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“This has been going on for a long time, but with the pressure on the NHS can it be stopped?”
A woman who had £23,000 of weight-loss surgery on the NHS now wants a boob job funded by the taxpayer.
Beckie Lawton – who weighed 30 stone at her heaviest – had a £9,000 NHS gastric band op in 2012.
The mum of two, 44, shed 18 stone and then last month had tummy tuck surgery costing £14,000.
Now she is applying to the NHS for an operation to reshape her breasts as they have sagged since her dramatic weight loss. It would cost around £4,000 to have at a private hospital.
The supermarket warehouse worker, of Rugby, Warks, said: “I’ve lost the weight I wanted, but I need procedures to deal with the way my body has changed.
“I have worked since I was 15, paying tax and national insurance, so I have the right to have these operations.”
” Not much chance for her if she liked a fag and lived in Devon!!!”