What is Ration Watch?

The NHS is rationing care in every part of the UK. This means that some patients are missing out on evidence based proven treatments. Ration Watch shines a light on this rationing and campaigns for patients to get the treatment they need.

Ration Watch wants to highlight inequality and the impact it has on patients’ lives. Ration Watch aims to highlight the scale of rationing across the UK and ensure that everyone, no matter where you are in the UK, is able to get the treatment they need.

Ration Watch believes that what you need, not where you are, should dictate the care you receive.

Proven procedures deliberately limited by CCGs

Ration Watch has identified a number of procedures that are proven to be effective are being placed on list of ‘Procedures of Limited Clinical Value’ and rationed.

Journalist Ross Clark denied access to hernia operation

Despite suffering with the symptoms of a hernia, the journalist Ross Clarke was told that his hernia was “not bad enough” to quality for funding for surgery.

Surgery delayed for people in York because they are obese or smoke

In 2017, NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group introduced restrictions on operations for patients with obesity or who smoke.

“It is not fair to individuals and there is a postcode lottery . We should not ration care for some of the most vulnerable in our society.”

Kevan Jones MP

Westminster Hall Debate

“The Vale of York CCG determined to delay surgery to patients who smoked or had a body mass index of more than 30. The policy came into force on 1 February 2017. It was first proposed in September last year, but then withdrawn and reintroduced in November. The reason: to delay immediate spend on surgery . However, it is a totally false economy, and although it may delay CCG spend now, in order to meet imposed spending restrictions, the Royal College of Surgeons says that it may actually increase NHS costs if patients develop complications while waiting for surgery . The college has been clear that rationing policies, such as those implemented by the Vale of York CCG, are unacceptable.”

Rachael Maskell MP

Adjournment Debate