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Inquiry into the availability of bariatric services

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.

 

The terms of reference for the inquiry were to consider:

  • The 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;
  • The eligibility criteria of patients and the availability of obesity surgery and specialist weight management services across Wales;
  • Progress 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;
  • The levels of investment currently allocated to provide bariatric surgery in Wales; and,
  • The availability of obesity surgery and specialist weight management services across Wales.

 

Evidence from the Public

 

The Committee held a public consultation 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, 39KB).

 

Engagement activity

 

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, 42KB)

 

The Committee’s report

 

The Committee reported (PDF, 869KB) in May 2014. The Welsh Government responded (PDF, 48KB) in July 2014.

 

Plenary debate

 

The Plenary debate on the Committee’s report took place on 16 July 2015.

Business type: Committee Inquiry

Status: Complete

First published: 29/11/2013

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Consultations

 

 

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