No operations for fat Brits, especially if they smoke

From Henry Bodkin at the Telegraph:

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.

The decision, described by the Royal College of Surgeons as the “most severe the modern NHS has ever seen”, led to warnings that other trusts will soon be forced to follow suit and rationing will become the norm if the current funding crisis continues. More.

Reality check: Euthanasia will quickly take care of all that. Public health care worked mainly because euthanasia was not an option. After us, the deluge, as Madame de Pompadour put it.

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