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."