About 692 British surgeons have reported that several patients posted for
hip or knee replacement surgery have to spend months in pain because of delayed
operations or restrictions on who qualifies for the treatment. Waiting for
several months can be deteriorating for the joint as the bones get damaged
further and the muscles do not get used enough, therefore the surgery can
These moves are part of the NHS drive to find 20 billion pound efficiency
savings by 2015. Around 118 surgeons said that hip and knee surgery is regarded
as a procedure of low priority.
President of the British Orthopedic Association (BOA), Peter Kay said,
"General practitioners were told not to send as many patients to hospital,
maybe to delay referrals until the end of the financial year while perhaps
introducing thresholds for surgery."