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Government ‘must provide central funding for bariatric surgery’

13th September 2010

The government has been called upon to provide centralised funding for bariatric surgery in order to help the economy benefit from the cost savings this could unlock.

Tam Fry, board member and spokesman for the National Obesity Forum, has stated that the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence should revise its guidelines on obesity surgery in the light of a recent Office of Health Economics (OHE) report.

According to the OHE data, the contribution of additional paid work generated by bariatric surgery patients offsets the costs of the surgery itself, resulting in major savings on benefit payouts and potentially for the health service.

Mr Fry suggested that the current system of having primary care trusts fund these procedures is not viable, pointing to the large proportion of patients eligible for surgery who are currently missing out.

He also suggested that surgical procedures may be the only way of helping some patients, as many are failing to respond to standard healthy living advice.

Mr Fry added: "They probably won't respond quickly to pharmaceutical treatment, but under the surgeon's knife they will be cured in a simple cost-effective operation."ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800062289-ADNFCR

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