The NHS is increasingly rationing operations like these and there’s an increasing number of interventions on the not normally funded list, produced by CCGs to show what they are not prepared to pay for unless there are exceptional circumstances. There's a big discrepancy as to who gets treatment around the country. This cost cutting exercise can lead to more people needing emergency treatment and increased their pain and suffering.
carpal tunnel syndrome, hernias and varicose veins and why you might now struggle to get any of them treated on the NHS. And the difficulty is not limited to these common complaints. Clinical Commissioning Groups in the Midlands have been in the headlines this week after raising the bar for eligibility for hip and knee replacements. If you live in Worcestershire your arthritis now needs to be severe enough to cause pain that interferes with daily life and keeps you awake at night. If it’s not then the local CCGs won’t pay for the surgery. A move they believe will lead to 350 fewer operations, saving them around £20 million a year to spend on other therapies they deem higher priority.