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Patients with self-inflicted illnesses face longer NHS waits

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Patients who lead unhealthy lifestyles could be forced to wait for treatment on the NHS or else seek private healthcare, as those with 'self-inflicted' illnesses may not be viewed as priorities in future, a newspaper has claimed.


According to a report in the Independent, obese patients, smokers and those suffering from alcohol-related illnesses may be placed further down the waiting list unless they make efforts to improve their lifestyle.


An estimated £1.7 billion is spent directly on health problems linked to alcohol each year, although alcohol-related violent crime and traffic accidents cost an additional £20 billion.


One fifth of Britain's adults and a quarter of children are overweight and around 14,000 of the UK's 12 million smokers die each year from smoking-related illnesses.


The proposals aim to reduce the billions of pounds that are spent each year on people with self-inflicted illnesses by encouraging people to take up healthy habits, freeing up money to be spent in other areas.

© Adfero Ltd


Private treatment news : 28/12/2006


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