According to the BBC , Doctor magazine asked readers about rationing.
16% - said patients had died early as a result.
Over 50% said patients had suffered as a result .
They reported not being allowed to prescribe drug treatments including smoking cessation drugs and anti-obesity treatment. They also reported that local NHS trusts had been placing restrictions on fertility treatments, obesity surgery and a host of minor operations, including those for varicose veins.
Many experts fear the situation will get worse with increasing demands on the health service made by the ageing population and expected advances in medicines.
Richard Vautrey, deputy chairman of the British Medical Association's GPs committee, said:
"The NHS could spend whatever you gave it, but it obviously works with a limited budget ...Rationing is the great unspoken reality. The only people who refuse to mention the 'r-word' are the media and the politicians, who continue to want to promise everything for everyone in order to win elections."
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