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Commissioners are restricting referrals for hip and knee surgery, says report

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 06 November 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6686
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1BMJ

Clinical commissioning groups in England should stop restricting access to hip and knee replacement surgery on the grounds of a patient’s age and weight, a report has recommended.

The Medical Technology Group found that 33 of 67 (49%) acute trusts across England that responded to a freedom of information request said that commissioners were applying more stringent conditions than is recommended before referring patients for surgery.1 The group is a coalition …

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