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Nearly 1700 requests for knee and hip surgery were rejected in England last year

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k3002 (Published 18 July 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k3002

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Re: Nearly 1700 requests for knee and hip surgery were rejected in England last year - by CCGs.

So, the Clinical Commissioning Groups ration certain procedures to cut costs to the NHS?

A patient, immobile and in pain, sits at home consuming paracetamol or something stronger.
Might become depressed. Then more medicines, prescribed ones, from the NHS.
More burden on friends, relatives, on their earning capacity.

Could the BMJ please investigate how much money is spent on running these modern quangoes or sub-quangoes.

Could someone tell me how many weeks a CCG may take before replying to a patient’s letter?

How do DOCTORS justify participating in these committees?

Competing interests: A bias against anyone or anybody intruding in to the relationship between a patient and the doctort

19 July 2018
JK Anand
Retired doctor
Free spirit
Peterborough