The BBC has reported criticism by the Royal College of Surgeons of NHS restrictions on when patients in Kent and Medway can access surgery for a hernia.

Patients within the administration of eight Clinical Commissioning Groups in Kent and Medway have to show that their hernia is increasing or has become incarcerated (stuck) before they are allowed access to surgery according to the report.

Susan Hill, senior vice-president of the Royal College of Surgeons is quoted as saying that “allowing commissioning groups and not patients with their surgeons to make a decision to operate is putting patients at unnecessary risk of serious complications.”

An incarcerated hernia can threaten the life of the patient.

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