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UK admissions where obesity is a factor increase by 18 per cen

According to the latest report from NHS Digital, 'Statistics on Obesity, Physical Activity and Diet; England, 2018', there were 617,000 admissions to NHS hospitals in 2016/17 where obesity was recorded as either a primary or secondary diagnosis, an increase on 525,000 admissions or 18 per cent reported in 2015/16. Of these, 10,705 admissions in 2016/17 had obesity recorded as the main cause - an increase on 9,929 admissions in 2015/16.

Experts publish updated guidance for overweight and obese services

Guidance on commissioning weight assessment services and management clinics in the UK, first published in 2014, has been updated and now includes guidelines on children and young people. The guidance is sponsored by and represents the views of 22 professional organisations including nine medical Royal Colleges directly concerned with patient care.

UK: NHS commissioning groups restricting bariatric surgery

A freedom of information (FOI) request made to all NHS commissioning groups (CCGs) shows that several CCGs have adopted policies which attempt to ration bariatric surgery to the super-obese, and ignore official advice on who should be eligible for surgery.

NHS restricting surgery for smokers and overweight patients

The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) has claimed that smokers and overweight patients are becoming soft targets for NHS savings, according to the findings of their report found that over one in three Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in England are denying or delaying routine surgery to patients (such as hip and knee replacements) until they stop smoking or lose weight, in contravention of national clinical guidance.

NHS rolls out national Diabetes Prevention Programme

NHS England has begun the first phase of the world’s first nationwide programme to prevent the development of type 2 diabetes mellitus. The ‘NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme’ will start this year with a first wave of 27 areas covering 26 million people (half of the population) and making up to 20,000 places available. This will rollout to the whole country by 2020 with an expected 100,000 referrals available each year after.

NHS’s approach to obesity is “failing patients”

A case study entitled Confronting Obesity in the UK: The need for greater coherence has been published today by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), with experts calling for a coherent strategy to tackle obesity1. The study explores the UK’s approach to obesity management and interviews experts, highlighting that commitment to a multi-stranded programme and cultural change is needed to enable obesity services in the UK to live up to their potential. 

Emergency bariatric admissions have significant implications

The National Health Service in the UK will face an increasing number of patients presenting with bariatric emergencies and is unprepared, according to two studies presented at this year’s Annual Scientific Meeting of the British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society in Leamington Spa, UK, from 22 – 24 January.

The first study from researchers at Scarborough Hospital, Scarborough, UK, examined the issue of bariatric patients presenting with abdominal emergencies at a district general hospital that does not have an in-house bariatric surgical service.

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