ITV: Plans to deny surgery to obese and smokers ‘put on hold’
The Vale of York clinical commissioning group (CCG) had suggested that patients who exceeded a body mass index of 30 would be denied any surgery which was not life-saving for up to a year in a bid to cut costs, unless they lost weight.
Meanwhile, smokers would have to prove they had quit before being allowed under the knife.
Chris Hopson, the head of NHS Providers, had said he expected other CCGs would follow suit to save money.
But the Royal College of Surgeons described the move as the “most severe” in the modern NHS – and the North Yorkshire health authority revealed that NHS England had asked it to review the policy before putting it into practice.