Obese patients and smokers banned from routine surgery  in ‘most severe ever’ rationing in the NHS

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.

Source: Obese patients and smokers banned from routine surgery  in ‘most severe ever’ rationing in the NHS

Wow.  Reminds me of the Nobel Prize winning blogger Paul Krugman:

In Britain, the government itself runs the hospitals and employs the doctors. We’ve all heard scare stories about how that works in practice; these stories are false.

Source: The Swiss Menace