BOMSS supports call for better obesity services in Wales

BOMSS – along with the The Royal College of Surgeons – has responded to the National Assembly’s Health and Social Care Committee report into the ‘Availability of Bariatric Services’ in Wales.We welcome the report’s call for the government to fully implement the All Wales Obesity Pathway. This will serve to optimise patients’ outcomes and ensure that patients in Wales have access to sustainable, safe and high quality bariatric services.

In a report, published today, the Health and Social Care Committee say just one out of seven health boards has sufficient Level Three specialist services – which include weight management clinics – in place for obese patients.

During its inquiry, the Committee found that the Welsh Government’s All Wales Obesity Pathway focuses on tackling the issue but needs to be fully implemented for all patients to receive consistent services which can help them with lifestyle, exercise and dietary regimes.

Currently 59% of adults in Wales are overweight or obese.