NHS trust scraps op that cured Blair

An NHS trust is scrapping the routine procedure that cured Tony Blair of a heart murmur, because of its financial deficit and the need to hit the government’s six-month waiting-list targets. The move by Oxford Radcliffe trust will leave hundreds of patients with a debilitating condition that reduces their quality of life.

Cardiac catheter ablation, a procedure performed in day surgery which is more than 90% successful in curing an irregular heartbeat, will now only be available to a minority of high risk cases.

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