Wednesday, September 8, 2010

More obesity surgery 'could save millions of pounds' (UK)

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"

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