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PE01739: Improve access to weight loss surgery


Petitioner: Tom Aldridge


Date Lodged: 05 September 2019

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to amend its criteria for the qualification of bariatric surgery (also known as weight loss surgery) in line with National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance. 

Petition History:

SPICe Briefing (318KB pdf)


19 September 2019: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government. Official Report of Meeting 19 September 2019         

Written submissions       



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Do you think a patient seeking support for obesity should be turned down and told to come back when their condition is worse and potentially life threatening?

Do you agree with the NICE guidelines that recommend that patients with obesity follow a structured program to reduce their weight, if patients are able to lose 5kg over 12 weeks and remain above or equal to a BMI of 40 or a BMI equal to or above 35 with comorbidities such as Diabetes, Sleep Apnoea then Bariatric Surgery should be considered?

Do you agree with NHS Scotland policy which states that it will only operate on obese patients who have diabetes regardless of any other comorbidities? 

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