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Magazine article Public Finance

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Ninety-six per cent of doctors believe it is time for an open debate on rationing in the NHS, according to a British Medical Association opinion poll. The results, published in the association's magazine, show that a significant proportion of doctors think that patients' lifestyles should play a part in clinical decision-making. Forty per cent of doctors believe surgery on joints should be denied to obese patients, while a similar proportion said smokers and heavy drinkers should be refused certain treatments.

The Conservatives have retained control of their only Scottish local authority, South Ayrshire Council, after independent candidate Brian Connolly won a by-election in the North Carrick and Maybole East ward by a single vote after three recounts. The Tories, who have 15 councillors to Labour's 14, came second, with Labour third and the SNP fourth. The Tories had won the posts of council leader and deputy leader, and control of all but one of the committees in December.

The Local Government Association has announced a review of its activities with the aim of freeing £1m to spend on consultants. Sir Brian Briscoe, the LGA's chief executive (pictured), said the intention was to 'do less, but better1, which would enable the LGA to focus on its 25 key areas of policy and become a more effective voice in Whitehall. The LGA's move follows a similar streamlining of the Employers' Organisation, which recently announced the transfer of part of its remit to the Improvement and Development Agency. …

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