Decision undercuts the NHS principles
JOHN Morris was in pain and doctors agreed that he needed an operation to repair a hernia. But NHS Bristol would not pay for the surgery. What an extraordinary stance to take.
There must hundreds of people who undergo surgery for conditions that are not life-threatening but nevertheless need to be treated to alleviate pain. So what was different in Mr Morris's case.
As it is Mr Morris, who worked all his life and served his country in the RAF, had to use his life savings to pay for the operation to be carried out privately.
Frankly, that is shameful.
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Have we really reached a point where cost comes before compassion with NHS Bristol?
Remember this comes just days after we reported how family and friends of Evie Tucker had raised £30,000 for an operation needed to help her walk.
Again NHS Bristol refused to pay for the surgery.
Surely they should be doing all they can to say yes and help people.
But it seems need is being placed second to cost and that is unacceptable.
Decisions like the one involving Mr Morris and Evie undermine the very principles upon which the NHS was founded and need to be challenged.