High Court backs trust’s refusal to make an exception to funding rules on social groundsBMJ 2011; 342 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d2354 (Published 11 April 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2354
- Clare Dyer
The High Court in Manchester has upheld an NHS trust’s refusal to consider social factors when a patient makes an application for exceptional funding for treatment not provided under the trust’s general policy.
Tom Condliff, who has diabetes and is morbidly obese with a body mass index of 43, applied for judicial review after he was refused laparascopic gastric bypass surgery by North Staffordshire Primary Care Trust. The trust has a policy of not funding bariatric surgery for anyone with a BMI under 50, but those who are less obese may apply and be funded …