Rationing of NHS services 'leaving patients in pain and distress', says new report

The enforced rationing of overstretched NHS services is leaving patients in pain and distress, a new report has said.

A calamitous combination of financial strain, staff shortages and unprecedented demand has led to shortfallings in care across a number of areas, said The King’s Fund.

The report examined the impact of health service rationing in four sectors – sexual health services, district nursing, planned hip operations and neonatal care.

It said financial pressures affected each area to different degrees but were “severe and show no sign of easing”, and in some areas there is “clear evidence that

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