Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Patients to lose weight before NHS treatment

By James Kirkup Political Correspondent Last Updated: 12:39am GMT 01/01/2008

Patients could be required to stop smoking, take exercise or lose weight before they can be treated on the National Health Service, Gordon Brown has suggested.
Health premiums slashed for gym users
In a New Year message to NHS staff, the Prime Minister indicates people may have to fulfil new "responsibilities" in order to establish their entitlement to care.
Conditional treatment: Smokers are one group of patients that may be asked to change their habits
The new conditions could be set out in a formal NHS "constitution", Mr Brown says.


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