Obesity operations refused20th February 2008
A survey has suggested that hospitals in England and Wales are refusing referrals for obesity operations on costs grounds.
In a snapshot survey of doctors, GP magazine Pulse polled 20 consultants in charge of such surgery and found half sent referrals back to GPs meaning only the most severely overweight patients received gastric banding and gastric bypass operations. The Department of Health emphasised that funding for such surgery was decided at local level while the British Obesity Surgery Society said there was massive underfunding.
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