Routine interventions for obese and smokers have to wait
Overweight and smokers in some UK clinics will have to wait longer for routine surgeries in the future. Because of austerity measures, they should only be treated secondarily. Experts speak of "discriminatory" measures.
Restricted health care for fat
People who are too fat don't just have to deal with the physical consequences. Being overweight also creates mental illness. In addition, those affected feel discriminated against. And parts of the UK are even said to be restricting their health care.
Obese and smokers have to wait for surgery
According to media reports, a British hospital association in Vale of York plans to treat obese people and smokers secondarily and refuse surgery. According to the "BBC", those affected would have to wait up to a year for routine interventions such as knee or hip surgery. People with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 and higher would be affected. The directive should not apply to serious illnesses or injuries.
According to the information, the measures are intended to relieve the British healthcare system. Portsmouth surgeon Shaw Somers told BBC that saving money was a logical step, but it was also short-term and discriminatory. "Obesity is an illness". Sufferers don't wake up every morning and ask, "How do I stay fat?"
"The vast majority of them try to lose weight," denying them medical treatment based on their weight, is discrimination.
Regulations are wrong
According to the professional association of surgeons, these are the most serious restrictions that have ever existed in this area. The president of the association, Clare Marx, said that smokers and overweight people should be supported to quit smoking or lose weight. "The introduction of general regulations that delay access to life-changing operations is wrong," said Marx.
According to the information, the British health service NHS now wants to check whether the plans of the Vale of York Clinical Comissioning Group are compatible with the national guidelines. An NHS spokesman said: "Not only would patients benefit from reducing obesity and smoking, the NHS and taxpayers would also save millions of pounds." (ad)