Personal Injury, Serious Injury & Clinical Negligence

NHS Approach to Obesity “extremely patchy”

Criticisms of NHS obesity services across the UK

The Royal College of Physicians has highlighted “poorly developed” systems in UK hospitals for tackling obesity. A recent report suggests that hospitals are only treating the symptoms (such as heart disease, diabetes, sleep apnoea and high cholesterol), rather than the cause.

A staggering one in four adults in the UK is now classified as obese, and this figure is predicted to double by 2050.

Health promotion campaigns alone are not sufficient to tackle the rise in obesity and a more joined-up approach between hospitals and community services is needed. The Royal College of Physicians has also suggested that each hospital should appoint a doctor to lead on obesity.

Not enough is being done to prevent patients from becoming obese in the first place. The medical profession has a key role to play in tackling obesity, and the old adage “prevention is better than cure” certainly applies.

Many obese patients are now being offered weight-loss surgery. Operations such as gastric bypass, gastric banding and sleeve gastrectomy have proven to be effective. However, these procedures are not without risks or complications.

We have acted for patients whose operations have not been performed to an acceptable standard. If you have concerns regarding weight-loss surgery or treatments, please contact our specialist medical negligence team for advice.