Responding to three West Midlands CCG’s proposals to ration access to hip and knee replacements, Dr Mark Porter, BMA council chair, said:
“Patients are unfairly suffering the consequences of a deliberately underfunded health system. Decisions on patient care should be made on the ground of individual clinical need and following royal college or other evidence-based standards. What we have here is penny-pinching, cost-cutting, and patients in pain.
“The government must address the £30bn funding shortfall that is undermining the NHS, and produce a long-term strategy that addresses the fundamental workload and funding challenges that are currently overwhelming health services.”
Notes to editors
The British Medical Association (BMA) is the voice of doctors and medical students in the UK. It is an apolitical professional association and independent trade union, representing doctors and medical students from all branches of medicine across the UK and supporting them to deliver the highest standards of care.