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Fat and smoke? You can’t have an operation if you live in the North

The CCG said: “Smokers and obese patients that need routine surgery, but do not wish to access the support services or fail to meet the criteria will not be denied their operation, but it could mean they have to wait longer than they otherwise would have done.”

CCG clinical lead Dr Shaun O’Connell, who is also a local GP, heralded the plans as bringing patients the “best possible health outcomes in the long term” while helping to protect finances. 

Dr O’Connell said: “There is no ban and no blanket policy – people who do not wish to access the support services or fail to meet the criteria will not be denied their operation, decisions about what is in the best interests of their health, will be made on a case-by-case basis.” 

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