West Kent PCT tells us, "We are committed to delivering equality of opportunity for all service users, carers, staff and wider communities."
And now tells us:
From this month, patients who smoke and need planned surgery will have to complete a NHS Stop Smoking course before their operation.
Patients who are clinically obese or with a BMI (body mass index) of more than 30 will also have their surgery delayed and will have to carry out a weight loss programme.
So, if you smoke or you are too fat you don't get the surgery. It doesn't matter that this is a service you have been forced to pay for all your life.
H/T Dick Puddlecote