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Obese smokers denied surgery

The Royal College of Surgeons found a third of local NHS health bosses put restrictions on surgery for smokers and the obese. The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) has been increasingly alarmed about the rationing of surgery in the NHS in the tough financial climate. However, some local NHS groups criticised in the report say […]

Doctors want new cosmetic surgery laws

Surgeons want new laws to protect patients undergoing cosmetic surgery The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) has called on the government to introduce legislation in the next Queen’s Speech to protect patients undergoing cosmetic surgery, as the organisation and the General Medical Council (GMC) publish new standards on cosmetic procedures. The RCS’s new Professional Standards […]

Cosmetic surgery cooling off period suggested

Doctors who carry out cosmetic procedures should give patients time to think before agreeing to go ahead. The General Medical Council (GMC) has produced the guidance to make surgical and non-surgical procedures, such as facelifts, breast implants, dermal fillers and Botox, safer. It will now consult doctors and the public about the guidance, however plastic […]

NHS surgery restriction for smokers and obese

The NHS in Devon is to deny routine surgery to smokers and the morbidly obeseunless they quit smoking or lose weight. Patients with a BMI of 35 or above will have to shed 5% of their weight while smokers will have to quit eight weeks before surgery. The NHS in Devon has a £14.5 million […]

Surgeon’s data published- landmark improvement for NHS

Vascular surgeons have become the first of a new group of nine specialities to publish their operating data. This move to publish this data is being viewed as a significant milestone as to date, individual performance data has only been published for heart surgeons. But for years there has been debate about whether other areas […]

Health Secretary to name and shame surgeons’ data

Surgeons who refuse to publish their performance data including mortality rates should be publicly named, the health secretary says.Jeremy Hunt promised to take tough action after it emerged doctors could block the release of the information under the Data Protection Act. League tables for 10 specialities are due to be published in England from next […]

Big variations in NHS surgery due to postcode lottery rationing

The number of patients undergoing common NHS surgical procedures varies widely across England because of postcode lottery funding restrictions.Local NHS rationing of hernia repair, hip and knee replacements, cataracts and varicose vein surgeries has led to a “postcode lottery”, say researchers. Writing in the Lancet, they warned such policies could be “storing up problems for […]

Faulty medical implants- a system that favours manufacturers over patient safety

In terms of regulation, the role of the European Union is supposed to ensure the highest level of patient safety. But what has been found out by the Telegraph and the BMJ’s investigation now puts this claim in serious doubt.To put it bluntly, device regulation is in disarray: the evidence requirements at the time of […]

Weight loss surgery sold as a quick fix for obesity

Weight loss surgery is being sold as a quick fix option to obesity surgeons warn.Firms are using questionable selling techniques including limited period offers, potentially misleading before-and-after photos and celebrity ‘success stories’ to attract clients. Too often patients are not being properly informed of the risks of gastric band and gastric bypass surgery – which […]

NHS resorting to surgery to tackle obesity epidemic

The NHS is increasingly resorting to weight loss surgery to tackle Britain’s obesity epidemic.Britain’s men and women are amongst the fattest in Europe – with the number of gastric bypass operations rising six fold in just five years. Ministers want to tackle the problem at source- but surgeons say weight loss surgery is extremely effective for […]