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HEALTH AUTHORITY BANS 12 NHS TREATMENTS

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A health authority is making savings by banning 12 NHS treatments, reports the Guardian (p1). ...
A health authority is making savings by banning 12 NHS treatments, reports the Guardian (p1).

In what the paper describes as the biggest single act of health care rationing yet seen in Britain, the Berkshire health commission is set to rule out treatment of varicose veins and removal of wisdom teeth amongst other procedures.

The commission's move comes after it failed to agree contract prices for this year with three of the main NHS trusts with which it does business.

Arbitration resulted in a splitting of the difference between the parties involved, leaving the commission a shortfall of £7m on its £220m contracts budget.

Berkshire CC councillor Mandy Williams told the paper that she was concerned that the commission was accepting underfunding and making cuts accordingly, rather than pressing the government to provide proper financial allocation for the area.

'This is a wholesale reduction of health services which goes further than in any other part of the country, as far as I can judge,' said Ms Williams.

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