Royal College of Surgeons slam plans to cut back on hip and knee replacements

Three clinical commissioning groups propose only operating on patients that have such severe levels of pain they cannot sleep or carry out daily tasks

The Royal College of Surgeons has hit out at cost-cutting plans to ration who can receive hip and knee replacements.

Three clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in the West Midlands have proposed slashing the number of people who qualify for hip replacements by 12% and introducing a 19% cut over who is eligible for knee replacements.

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