British patients lives are at risk with the NHS cuts

NHS cuts put British patients at risk

The NHS has put patients health at risk, due to the growing rationing of drugs and operations.

Sat Sep 1, 2012 4:14PM GMT
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The National Health Service (NHS) of the UK has put patients health at risk, due to the growing rationing of drugs and operations, the new leader of Britain’s doctors warns.

Doctor Mark Porter, the British Medical Association’s newly elected chair of council, stressed that cuts to basic services in the NHS are “morally wrong” and they present a serious risk to patients in the UK.

Porter warned that the NHS is putting patients’ health at risk by not providing drugs and operations because of growing rationing being imposed by the UK government for its austerity program.

Porter also condemned the NHS offering some GP surgeries extra money if they send fewer patients for tests and hospital treatment, arguing that there was a “realistic concern” that patients may be harmed.

Meanwhile, there has been a growing criticism of the NHS as it has become more difficult for patients to have operations for routine conditions like hernia, cataracts, wisdom teeth, or hip or knee replacement.

The former chairman of the British Medical Association’s consultants committee blamed the rapid declining of the NHS services on the coalition government’s health reforms, promoting privatization and a need to cut £20bn by the year 2015.

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