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Obesity: Surgery

Volume 481: debated on Tuesday 21 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what options for bariatric surgery for the morbidly obese are provided by (a) Gateshead and South Tyneside Primary Care Trust and (b) Liverpool Primary Care Trust in their respective areas; (227617)

(2) how many morbidly obese patients in (a) the Gateshead and South Tyneside Primary Care Trust area and (b) the Liverpool Primary Care Trust area have been offered a duodenal switch in (i) 2005, (ii) 2006, (iii) 2007 and (iv) 2008 to date.

This information is not held centrally.

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has published “Guidance on the prevention, identification, assessment and management of overweight and obesity in adults and children”. This is available at:

www.nice.org.uk/CG43

This guidance is for both health and non-health professionals, and contains guidance on when bariatric surgery may be considered as an option.

It is up to primary care trusts as local commissioners and providers of services to determine the most appropriate methods to deliver health care to their populations, based on clinical need and effectiveness, and following medical advice.