Three clinical commissioning groups propose only operating on patients that have such severe levels of pain they cannot sleep or carry out daily tasks The Royal College of Surgeons has hit out at cost-cutting plans to ration who can receive hip and knee replacements. Three clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in the West Midlands have proposed slashing the number of people who qualify for hip replacements by 12% and introducing a 19% cut over who is eligible for knee replacements. Under the new rules patients would now need to have such severe levels of pain that they cannot sleep or carry out daily tasks to qualify for an operation. Board papers reported by the Health Service Journal suggest an “opportunity to reduce expenditure on hip and knee replacement surgery” by £2m a year. This would include only treating “severe to the upper end of moderate” cases, and very obese people with a body mass index of 35 or over after they had lost 10% of their weight, unless their problems are

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