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College response to NHS Information Centre press release on obesity surgery

10 February 2010

"Although weight loss operations have doubled since 2007 the numbers being carried out are still woefully short of what is required to treat severe, life-threatening obesity in the UK.  

Despite the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) providing strong evidence to support surgery as the only cost-effective treatment for severe obesity, many thousands of patients who qualify for surgery are being denied access to life-saving operations by NHS commissioners. Lives are being lost due to local delegation of a key health policy. National action is urgently needed."