Revealed: Millions to be affected by NHS plan to ration 34 everyday tests and treatments

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List includes hernia repair surgery and blood tests to detect prostate cancer

Millions of patients will be stopped from having an X-ray on their sore back, hernia repair surgery or scan of their knee to detect arthritis under controversial plans from NHS and doctors to ration “unnecessary” treatment.

The Guardian has seen a list of 34 diagnostic tests and treatments that in future patients in England will only be able to get in exceptional circumstances as part of a drive to save money and relieve the pressure on the NHS.

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