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Letters Knee and hip surgery refusals

Individual funding request process is bad for everyone

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: (Published 11 September 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k3833
  1. Mitzi A J Blennerhassett, medical writer and BMJ patient reviewer
  1. Slingsby, York YO62 4AQ, UK
  1. b_mitzi{at}

The individual funding request process is not only unfair and unreasonable, it is detrimental to doctors as well as patients.1

In 2005 I had difficulty accessing a course of manual lymphatic drainage for midline lymphoedema that was caused by NHS cancer treatment. Eventually the primary care trust commissioned an intensive course at a hospital that usually treated only arm lymphoedema. This was monitored and …

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