The Guardian is reporting a funding shortage in Britain’s National Health Service that has prompted them to issue a statement that hip and knee replacements “will have to be rationed.” The NHS is suggesting a model where some parts of the country will be affected more than others, and only those patients who are in moderate to severe pain will be treated. Stephen Cannon, Vice President of the Royal College of Surgeons, stated that “he accepted that operating on everyone who needed hip and knee replacements would require ‘significant extra resource.’ But he said the solution should be extra funding not rationing.” Full story.