NHS care 'ration knee and hip replacement operations'

More than 90% of health trusts in England are now restricting operations they deem to be non-urgent, such as hip, knee and cataract surgery, a GP magazine investigation has found.

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Hip, knee and cataract surgery are seen as non-urgent by health trusts Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

GPs and charities said primary care trusts (PCTs) are introducing waiting lists by the back door by limiting access to care.

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NHS 'rationing operations'

More than 90% of health trusts in England are now restricting operations they deem to be non-urgent, such as hip, knee and cataract surgery, according to evidence obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.