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NHS commissioning groups already restricting access to care, survey reveals

NHS commissioning groups already restricting access to care, survey reveals

Patients are being denied treatment for hernias, cataracts and infertility because the new GP-led groups that control £65bn of NHS funding are imposing new restrictions on access to care, research reveals.

At least 27 of the 211 clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) across England have tightened the criteria for obtaining one or more forms of hospital treatment in 2013-14, the British Medical Journal has established.

But, in all, 68 CCGs are looking again at their guidelines on when patients should receive treatment for one or more forms of illness, according to responses from freedom of information requests received from 195 CCGs. Read more

Denis Campbell | The Guardian | 10th July 2013

BBC accused of spying on whistleblowers

The corporation’s Investigations Service monitored emails sent and received by 30 members of staff last year, according to figures revealed under Freedom of Information legislation.

Four of these were staff suspected of having leaked information to people outside the organisation and three of what it described as taking part in “malicious communications”. Read more

Patrick Sawer | The Daily Telegraph | 10th July 2013



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