Which is the largest single employer in this United Kingdom? The National Health Service.
Who governs the NHS? Overall control rests with Government, who provide the taxpayers’ cash upon which the NHS depends. Medical control stays within the framework explained here, and is formed of CCGs, various Agencies, Hospital Trusts etc.; most of which are peopled with medically-biased staffers.
We all know that the NHS is continually stressed, continuously asking for more cash, more staff, more, more and ever more. And they do have a point. Major planning for the NHS provisions of health care was carried out over a decade ago, and our population has increased by some 6 millions, and maybe more since that, most of which is accounted for by Labour’s gerrymandering of the EU migration system, along with the suicidal inrush of mainly Muslim migrants from the Middle-East and from the cess-pit cultures of Muslim Bangladesh/Pakistan along with Afghanistan. So we have a Health system designed for 60 millions, but operating on a severely-stressed basis for 67-odd million; lots of whom are all getting older.
So, two CCG’s (Clinical Commissioning Group) have decided that, for certain procedures, they will ban patients from surgery indefinitely unless they lose weight or quit smoking, under controversial plans drawn up in Hertfordshire. The new rules, drawn up by clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Hertfordshire, say that obese patients “will not get non-urgent surgery until they reduce their weight” at all, unless the circumstances are exceptional. The criteria also mean smokers will only be referred for operations if they have stopped smoking for at least eight weeks, with such patients breathalysed before referral. IVF services will also be cut back.
East and North Hertfordshire CCG and Herts Valleys said the plans aimed to encourage people “to take more responsibility for their own health and wellbeing, wherever possible, freeing up limited NHS resources for priority treatment”.
Now knee-jerk reactions have come from Trusts, hospitals, charities such as ‘Patient Concern’ who predictably stated ‘We didn’t sign up for a two-tier health service’; but what should the British people’s response actually be? Do we push ever larger quantities of cash just to plug the leaking holes in the NHS dyke, or do we state the obvious; which is; ‘The medical people know what is right, in that weight-loss and cessation of smoking will allow the medical procedures to be of benefit: so follow the advice, or go without the surgery!’
Hell’s gates, I know how difficult it is to lose weight, I have been trying for ages; I remain fat, but at least I am not putting weight on. I stopped smoking 33 years ago, and that was the smartest thing I have done in years. If I can rid myself of an addiction which would have killed me; why can’t others?