The National Assembly
for Wales’ Health
and Social Care Committee undertook an inquiry into the availability of
bariatric services during spring 2014.
The aim of the inquiry
was to review the provision of bariatric services –
particularly surgery – in Wales, and to identify areas where
further action could be effective.
of reference for the inquiry were to consider:
effectiveness of specialist services at Level 3 and 4 of the Welsh
Government’s All Wales Obesity Pathway in tackling the rising
numbers of overweight and obese people in Wales, and how these
services are measured and evaluated, including in terms of
delivering value for money;
eligibility criteria of patients and the availability of obesity
surgery and specialist weight management services across
made by Local Health Boards on the recommendations highlighted
within the Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee Review of
Bariatric Surgery Provision and Access Criteria in the Context of
the All Wales Obesity Pathway report;
of investment currently allocated to provide bariatric surgery in
availability of obesity surgery and specialist weight management
services across Wales.
Evidence from the
The Committee held a
to gather evidence on this topic.
Evidence from the
Minister for Health and Social Services
The Committee received
evidence from the Minister for Health and Social Services (PDF,
Note from the working lunch with Swansea University academics held
on 13 February 2014 (PDF, 37KB)
Note from the visit to the Welsh Institute of Metabolic and Obesity
Surgery on 13 February 2014 (PDF, 28KB)
Note from the focus group event held on 12 March 2014 (PDF,
Committee reported (PDF, 869KB) in May 2014. The
Government responded (PDF, 48KB) in July
The Plenary debate on
the Committee’s report took place on
16 July 2015.