Obese people will be routinely refused operations across the NHS, health service bosses have warned, after one authority said it would limit procedures on an unprecedented scale.
Hospital leaders in North Yorkshire said that patients with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or above – as well as smokers – will be barred from most surgery for up to a year amid increasingly desperate measures to plug a funding black hole. The restrictions will apply to standard hip and knee operations.
A BMI of 30 looks a little low too. But one can at least see the glimmer of the point – losing weight is a part and parcel of sorting out knee and hip problems. BMI at 30 though does rather catch pretty much everyone with a bit of middle aged spread, doesn’t it?
However, smokers? What’s the justification there? Just that they’re pariahs?