Fat and smoke? You can’t have an operation if you live in the North

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Patients with a body mass index (BMI) of at least 30 will be asked to lose weight or face a 12-month delay for elective surgery while smokers will be asked to quit for two months or face a six-month postponement, the Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) announced. 

The North Yorkshire CCG ruled out a "blanket" ban and said each patient would be dealt with on a "case-by-case basis" when the plan comes into force in January. 

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