GP magazine's rationing investigation features in prime minister's questions

GP magazine's investigation into PCT rationing was the subject of a heated debate during prime minister's questions today.

Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman during prime minister's questions (Pic: BBC)
Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman during prime minister's questions (Pic: BBC)

Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman, standing in for Ed Milliband, raised the issue with foreign secretary William Hague, who was standing in for David Cameron.

She asked how Mr Hague could justify patients with cataracts in both eyes being told that only one eye would be treated.

Mr Hague said: 'It is totally unacceptable if trusts are rationing on the grounds of financial considerations.'

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GP magazine’s story that 91% of PCTs are imposing thresholds or limits on ‘non-urgent’ or ‘low clinical value treatments’ such as hip, knee and cataract operations, received widespread media coverage this week.

Speaking to Radio 5 Live, Mr Burns stepped up the promise he made to GP to ‘take action’ against PCTs in response to the findings.

He told BBC presenter Shelagh Fogarty that PCTs and CCG leads could be sacked if restrictions on care uncovered by GP magazine remain in place.

GP magazine’s deputy news editor Tom Moberly was also interviewed on the Radio 5 Live Shelagh Fogarty show and on Sky News With Kay Burley.

GP’s investigation was also covered by the BBC, where it led television news bulletins, as well as: Guardian, Mail, Mirror, Telegraph, Express, Huffington PostEvening Standard, Belfast Telegraph and Birmingham Mail.

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