The health service is struggling to save £20 billion over four years and a growing number of treatments are being restricted. Even essentials such as cataract surgery are being withheld in some areas, experts said.
When a primary care trust refuses to fund treatment, GPs or other doctors can make an “individual funding request” on behalf of the patient and this is looked at by a panel of experts.
A series of Freedom of Information Act requests has revealed that such requests increased by a fifth between 2010/11 and 2011/12.
In England there were 85,200 requests last year, GP magazine found. As the number of requests has risen, the proportion approved has fallen, from 59 per cent in 2008/09 to 55 per cent in 2011/12.
In some areas doctors have to request special funding for one in every 200 patients while in others it is just one in 11,000.
Monday, November 19, 2012
Telegraph- NHS care hit by more rationing
If I am stuck in Obamacare, I am hoping this rationing over here comes on fast. Then all the whiners expecting free healthcare are going to find out the cost of government run healthcare.