• News Feeds
Page last updated at 06:49 GMT, Tuesday, 19 June 2012 07:49 UK

NHS 'should have national consistency'

Advertisement

A freedom of information request sent by GP magazine to over 100 Primary Care Trusts in England has found that the majority are putting restrictions on certain non-urgent operations.

David Stout, deputy chief executive of the NHS confederation, says the NHS is under huge financial pressure and PCTs are making sure they get the "absolute best value" out of what funds are available.

He admits, however, that "there would be some advantages on greater consistency on what is offered".

Dr Richard Vautrey, deputy chairman of the BMA's GP committee, told the Today programme that GPs and patients "are not happy".

"They don't understand why services are available in one area and not the other," he told Evan Davis. "Patients need to be treated the same wherever they are in the UK."


Get in touch with Today via email , Twitter or Facebook or text us on 84844.

SEE ALSO

Story Tools

BBC navigation

BBC © 2013 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific