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Thousands of NHS Patients Denied Hip Replacement Surgery

Thousands of NHS Patients Denied Hip Replacement Surgery

Thousands of patients every year are being denied hip replacement surgery on the NHS contrary to advice from the health watchdog, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), according to a study published by the British Medical Journal.

NHS Trusts are repeatedly denying patients surgery based on age, weight and mobility even though NICE says everyone should have the operation unless they have cognitive impairments, cannot go under anaesthetic or have such severe walking problems they cannot mobilise without using a stick.

It is reported that less than one third of patients who meet the criteria set by NICE underwent hip replacement between 2011 and 2015. Some 114,119 suffered hip fractures during the period but only 32% received the recommended surgery.

Researchers at the universities of Liverpool and Oxford analysed the data for 114,119 adults aged 60 or over who received surgery for hip fractures in England, Wales and Northern Ireland from July 2011 to April 2015 finding substantial variation in compliance between hospitals.

Matthew Costa, professor of orthopaedic trauma at the University of Oxford said “We would like to think that these inequalities do not exist in the NHS. However, it is clear from our study that we need to be vigilant to prevent systematic inequalities creeping into NHS care”.

If you or a loved one has been denied hip replacement surgery or affected by poor medical treatment for your hip and would like to speak to our medical negligence team, please contact our medical negligence specialist, Stephen Hanbury, for a free, initial consultation, 01803 403403.

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