Friday 27 January 2017 / 4:44 PM 2017 Press Archive / The Latest from Labour

Rationing of this kind is totally unacceptable and is against the best traditions of the NHS – Julie Cooper

Julie
Cooper MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Minister
, commenting on reports of
increases in waiting times for hip operations, said:

“It
is absolutely shocking in 21st Century Britain that patients in some parts of
the country will only qualify for knee and hip replacement operations on the
NHS if they can prove pain so exceptional that it prevents sleep.

“Rationing
of this kind is totally unacceptable and is against the best traditions of the
NHS. However, there are concerns that if the Government continues to deny
sufficient funding to the NHS, rationing of treatments could become more
widespread.”