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RCS comment on NHS Obesity statistics

24 February 2011

The NHS Information Centre have today (Thursday 24th Feb) published their annual statistics on obesity treatment, including statistics demonstrating a seventy per cent increase in obesity surgery in the past year.

Commenting on the statistics John Black, President of the Royal College of Surgeons, said:

“There remains significant unmet patient need for bariatric surgery in the UK. The Royal College of Surgeons predicts that these procedures are only going to become increasingly frequent in the future as only a fraction of those severely obese patients who are eligible can access treatment. An economic analysis last year found that this surgery paid for itself within a year in curing co-morbidities and getting people off benefits and into work.”

The RCS commissioned the Office of Health Economics last year to undertake an economic analysis of the impact of bariatric surgery and this may be found here.