No surgery for smokers Policy in UK stirs debate

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No surgery for smokers Policy in UK stirs debate

(CNN) Two problems are the cause of an abundance of diseases affecting populations around the world: smoking and obesity.

And a local health commission in the UK has announced a controversial policy “to support patients whose health is likely to smoke or be overweight”.

For an indefinite period, it aims to ban access to routine or non-emergency surgery under the National Health Service until patients improve their health, says the policy, stating that “exceptional clinical circumstances will be included on a case by case basis “.
The decision comes from the Clinical Committee Group (known as the GCC) for Hertfordshire County, with a population of over 1.1. million.

No surgery for smokers Policy in UK stirs debate
The health improvement schedule was set at nine months for overweight, in particular; Those with a body index greater than 40 are expected to decrease by 15% during this period, and those with a BMI greater than 30 achieve a 10% target.
The goal for smokers is eight weeks or more without a cigarette – with a breath test to prove it.
No surgery for smokers Policy in UK stirs debate

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