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Royal College welcomes Joined up Clinical Pathways for Obesity

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has welcomed the conclusions of a working group report: ‘Joined up Clinical Pathways for Obesity’. Professor John Wass, the RCP academic vice president and representative on the working group, said:

“The RCP first highlighted the complexity of commissioning obesity services in the 2013 report Action on Obesity. The unclear role of commissioners has led to a patchwork in the provision of obesity services which has prevented individuals from accessing vital services.”

Whilst health promotion campaigns and other preventative measures attempt to stem the tide of obesity, the NHS must better manage the large numbers of patients presenting with severe complex obesity. The RCP is working to support commissioners to understand their responsibilities and will soon be publishing guidance on the commissioning of tier three – primary care and hospital specialist services.

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