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Should the NHS pay for obesity surgery? (Rutherford Morrison Lecture)

Professor David Kerrigan, Bariatric Surgeon, Phoenix Health and University of Chester

Date/Time: 25th October 2016, 17:30 - 18:45

Venue: Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building, Newcastle University

Free admission, all seats allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

There is little sympathy for the severely obese - a condition conflated with negative personality traits such as laziness and a failure to exercise self-control and individual responsibility.  But whatever your personal stance, the reality is that taxpayers are currently paying billions of pounds a year treating the health consequences of Britain’s obesity epidemic. So what should our response be to requests for yet more scarce NHS resource to be spent treating obese people with bariatric or weight-reduction surgery? Surely they should just be put on a diet? Get a bike or get a free gastric bypass? Professor Kerrigan explains why things might not be quite as simple as they appear.

About the speaker

Professor David Kerrigan was born and educated in Liverpool and returned to his home city as an NHS consultant in 1995. He is one of the fathers of laparoscopic bariatric surgery in the UK and is an acknowledged expert in his field, providing professional comment for the national media and raising public awareness of the plight of the severely obese in several TV documentaries.

As a senior member of the British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society, David advises national organisations such as NHS Improvement (Monitor) and NICE. In 2012 he founded Phoenix Health (a cross-specialty group with an enviable reputation as one of the UKs leading providers of NHS and private obesity surgery). He remains committed to surgical training and research through a Fellowship programme funded by Phoenix.