A quarter of local health groups in England are asking patients to wait longer for hospital care to bring down NHS deficits, a BBC survey suggests. Two thirds of the 152 primary care trusts (PCTs) responded.
Some are imposing minimum waiting times, while others are telling patients and GPs they won't pay for some treatments until April. Health minister Caroline Flint said some areas had to "live within their means" but patients would not suffer.
In some areas patients are even finding that certain treatments have simply been taken off the list for NHS funding.
This is simply MORE PROOF that nationalized/socialized/universal healthcare SUCKS.