Royal College Doctors Rises Against NHS Weight-Loss Surgery Criteria

Senior doctors from the Royal College of Surgeons have claimed that the NHS Bariatric or weight-loss surgery criteria is "inconsistent and unethical", after it discovered that some patients were being made to suffer further weight gain in order to be eligible for surgery.

The college claims lives of many are being put at risk through the potential development of life threatening diseases such as diabetes, as some health trusts make patients to obtain higher body mass index (BMI) levels than others prior to going under the knife.

The current rules discovered reveal that patients with a BMI of 40 or more have the right to be considered for weight-loss surgery. However, the Royal College of Surgeons has even surpassed some NHS trusts that have raised the BMI level to 50 or 60 before surgery or drug treatment.

Last year, figures depict 4,300 Bariatric or weight loss surgeries were carried out on the NHS, however, as many as 1 million people were able to meet the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) criteria for being classed as having severe obesity.

Royal College of Surgeons education director, Professor Mike Larvin, said, "In many regions the threshold criteria are being raised to save money in the short term, meaning patients are being denied life saving and cost effective treatments and effectively encouraged to eat more in order to gain a more risky operation further down the line".