Letter: Health plans affect poorer people

At a meeting of the West Wolds Branch of the Labour Party serious concerns were expressed about the conditions Vale of York CCG is placing on patients access to NHS surgery.
At a meeting of the West Wolds Branch of the Labour Party serious concerns were expressed about the conditions Vale of York CCG is placing on patients access to NHS surgery.

At a recent meeting of the West Wolds Branch of the Labour Party (Pocklington, Stamford Bridge, Market Weighton and surrounding areas) serious concerns were expressed about the conditions Vale of York CCG is placing on patient’s access to NHS surgery.

Patients considered to be obese (BMI over 30) and/or smokers are being asked to lose weight or give up smoking before being admitted for surgery.

While it is clearly advisable for people to do these things, it concerns us that this is a restricted approach which is most likely to affect the poorer members of society.

Moreover, it could be the thin end of the wedge which ultimately could lead to more limits being placed on access to NHS services and more people being forced into the private sector.

Our Branch welcomes the intervention of York MP Racheal Maskell on this issue and urges Vale of York CCG to think again on this unfair ban.

Richard Bryon

Chairman, West Wolds Branch of the Labour Party