Postcode lottery casts shame on health service - EXPRESS COMMENT

That means it is wrong that the quality of care and access to treatment should be different depending on where you live. After all, we all pay the same taxes for it, so we all deserve the same access to treatment. Therefore, the latest revelations on the scourge of the so-called postcode lottery is another sad reminder of a variable quality of care.

It is very disturbing that some clinical commissioning groups in England have labelled operations that include cataract surgery, hip and knee replacements and hernia repair "Procedures of Limited Clinical Value".

These treatments are essential for the quality of life of people who are often in terrible discomfort and even in some cases unable to leave their homes.

A new hip is often a fresh lease of life for the patient and allows them to go out to the shops or on walks instead of being trapped indoors.

There seems to be little excuse for rationing treatment in parts of the country particularly as the Government is now ploughing record amounts of funding into healthcare including the £20billion boost partly funded by the Brexit dividend.

The timebomb children

THE health picture of the nation throws up another poor image with the warning that childhood obesity is a ticking timebomb.

For a country that takes great pride in its sporting prowess, we should be deeply unhappy that our youngsters are on their way to making us a "nation of fatties".

It is truly shocking that a third of under-16s are now categorised as overweight or obese.

Theresa May described the Brexit situation as a crisis, but this is a genuine health crisis and one that could have much more far-reaching consequences for the long-term welfare of the nation.

While Brexit will one day be resolved, the health bills for treating heart conditions, diabetes, strokes and other weight-related health conditions will continue to drain the public purse and damage quality of life.

This trend needs to be reversed with better diet and more physical activity.

Charles shapes up well

ONE person who is looking in fine health is our future King, Prince Charles.

The warm welcome he has received in Barbados with the Duchess of Cornwall shows that even at 70 he is more than ready to take on the rigours of the crown when his time comes.

While we hope the Queen has many more years on the throne, it is good to know the next in line will be a great head of state.

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