No surgery for smokers or the obese: Policy in UK stirs debate

A local UK health group will delay or deny routine surgery to obese patients and smokers

  • For an indefinite amount of time, it plans to ban access to routine, or non-urgent, surgery under the National Health Service until patients “improve their health,” the policy states, claiming that “exceptional clinical circumstances (will) be taken into account on a case-by-case basis.”
  • Other groups in the UK have implemented similar policies, but patients eventually get surgery if they are unable to lose weight or stop smoking, they said.
  • CCGs are National Health Service bodies that plan health care services for their areas, and the groups for Hertfordshire argue that improving health before surgery improves outcomes and reduces the amount of time spent in the hospital during recovery, helping the patient — and the health service budget.
  • ‘Best interests of the whole patient population’ – – “The consultation proposals were developed by local (general practitioners) and public health doctors, with the best interests of the whole patient population of our area in mind,” said Dr. Hari Pathmanathan, a Hertfordshire practitioner and chairman of the East and North…
  • In response, the East and North Hertfordshire CCG provided National Health Service reports highlighting the need for doctors to optimize the health of their patients for the best results from enhanced recovery after surgery and showing that medical triggers have been shown to promote long-term behavior change, such as changes…

One local health group in the UK is adopting a policy that delays or denies routine surgery indefinitely to patients who smoke or are obese.
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Theresa May admits UK mental health services are ‘patchy’

  • Theresa May says the UK’s mental health services are “patchy” and has told Newsbeat she’s going to review them.
  • “The National Citizens Service will build in mental health awareness,” the prime minister explained.
  • “I saw some of the first sets of training that we’re doing for teachers and staff in schools so they can better identify when young people have mental health problems and to know what is the right support to give to those young people.”
  • We’ve increased the number of mental health beds for young people and we’re putting record amounts of funding into mental health in the national health service.
  • “That’s why one of the things I’ve been doing is actually looking at the community mental health services for young people and reviewing that across the country because it is patchy.

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Theresa May admits UK mental health services are ‘patchy’

  • Theresa May says the UK’s mental health services are “patchy” and has told Newsbeat she’s going to review them.
  • “The National Citizens Service will build in mental health awareness,” the prime minister explained.
  • “I saw some of the first sets of training that we’re doing for teachers and staff in schools so they can better identify when young people have mental health problems and to know what is the right support to give to those young people.”
  • We’ve increased the number of mental health beds for young people and we’re putting record amounts of funding into mental health in the national health service.
  • “That’s why one of the things I’ve been doing is actually looking at the community mental health services for young people and reviewing that across the country because it is patchy.

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Simpler ovarian cancer testing ‘saves lives’

Simpler ovarian cancer testing 'saves lives'

  • Ovarian cancer: Screening may cut deaths by a fifth
  • “It is essential that all women with ovarian cancer get genetic counselling, as we know from the women with ovarian cancer we support that there can be numerous, complex implications of a test, for all the family.”
  • Prof Rahman added: “There would be 283 fewer cancers and 77 fewer deaths a year – it really does save lives and money.
  • It is likely the approach would also work for other cancers, such as those in the breast.
  • Simplifying the way ovarian cancers are tested is a “win-win” that saves both lives and money, a study shows.

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Simpler ovarian cancer testing ‘saves lives’

NHS will not fund anti-HIV Prep drug plan

NHS England say they will not fund #HIV prevention #PrEP @BBCNews @michroberts

  • The NHS is standing firm and says it has no responsibility to provide the treatment, known as Prep.
  • Prep (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is a daily pill that can considerably lower a person’s chances of catching HIV.
  • Prep – Terrence Higgins Trust
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  • NHS England has reiterated it will not fund a “game-changer” drug treatment that can prevent HIV, angering HIV charities which had been campaigning to reverse the decision.

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