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Pressure on budgets makes primary health care trusts limit operations

Pressure on budgets makes primary health care trusts limit operations

Freedom of information requests by GP magazine reveal that 90% of trusts hold back on hip, knee and cataract operations

Pressure to save money has left 90% of primary care trusts restricting procedures including hip, knee and cataract operations, weight loss surgery and tonsillectomies, according to freedom of information requests by GP Magazine.

Health rationing, sometimes cutting across national guidance on the treatment of conditions, was leaving patients very frustrated, according to one senior GP; it was creating waiting lists by the back door, according to another. The National Obesity Forum said cuts in bariatric surgery could lead to crippling extra costs from diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

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James Meikle | The Guardian | 19th of June 2012

Hate crimes against disabled people soar to a record level

‘Anti-scrounger’ rhetoric blamed for doubling of offences since 2008 financial crisis

The number of disability hate crimes reported to police has reached a record high, sparking concerns that the Coalition’s “anti-scrounger” rhetoric is fuelling hostility to the most vulnerable members of society. A total of 1,942 disability hate crimes were recorded by police forces in England, Wales and Northern Ireland last year.

That figure, based on Freedom of Information answers supplied by 43 of 44 forces, represents a 14 per cent rise on 2010. Disability hate crime has doubled since the start of the financial crisis in 2008. Despite the rise, the number of people convicted for the crime actually fell last year. Only 523 people were found guilty of a disability hate crime in 2011, The Independent has discovered, down 5 per cent from 2010. It suggests that barely one in four reported crimes leads to a conviction – a ratio that got worse last year.

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Ben Riley-Smith | The Independent | 19th of June 2012

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