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Tackling diabetes: Should the NHS pay for weight loss surgery?

Hundreds of thousands more patients could be considered for weight loss surgery on the NHS in England as part of plans to tackle type 2 diabetes.

The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) believes that making more people eligible for a gastric band or bypass would reduce debilitating complications associated with the disease.

In spite of the benefits, the draft guidance is likely to prompt concerns over the potential costs, as Graham Satchell reports.

  • 11 Jul 2014
  • From the section Health
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