Wednesday, September 8, 2010
More obesity surgery 'could save millions of pounds' (UK)
"Millions of pounds are lost in England by the failure of the NHS to provide more obesity operations, a study says. About 1m people meet the criteria for bariatric surgery, but last year there were just 3,600 operations carried out. The Office of Health Economics suggests £1.3bn could be saved over three years if a quarter of eligible patients got treatment through more people working and fewer demands on the NHS. But the government said the treatment should always be a "last resort". The economists looked at a range of data in their analysis, including official guidelines, figures from more than half of NHS trusts and previously published reports"