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NHS rationing a “widespread” problem

25 September 2007

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Rationing NHS treatments is becoming more common, a survey by Doctor Magazine has revealed.

Doctor Magazine found that 16% of 12,000 GPs believed that patients had died early due to rationing of NHS treatments.

More than half said that patients had “suffered” due to NHS rationing.

GPs reported during the survey that restrictions had been placed on prescriptions of smoking cessation drugs and anti-obesity treatments.

They also said that NHS treatments for fertility, obesity and minor operations were not available for everyone.

The magazine has said that their poll shows rationing of NHS facilities is becoming more widespread.

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