Pdoctors warned that Impressionists were left in pain and misery because of the sharp rise in NHS rationing of the hip and knee surgery.
New figures show 7,000 fewer operations carried out last year – despite the steep rise of the older population.
The Royal College of Surgeons said the patients were unfairly refusing operations to arbitrary policies, including those that limit them to the most painful ones.
Over the past decade, the number of retirees in the UK has risen by more than 2 million.
But the analysis shows that the number of NHS replacement knee decreased by only 4,700 in one year, while the number of hip surgery fell by more than 2,500 during 2017/18.
Following the introduction …