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).
The Committee’s report
The Committee reported (PDF, 869KB) in May 2014. The (PDF, 48KB) in July 2014.
The Plenary debate on the Committee’s report took place on 16 July 2015.
Business type: Committee Inquiry
First published: 29/11/2013
- The availability of bariatric services - Report - May 2014
- The availability of bariatric services - Welsh Government response - July 2014
- Working lunch with Swansea University Academics, 13 February 2014 PDF 23 KB
- Engagement activity
- Visit to the Welsh Institute of Metabolic and Obesity Surgery (WIMOS), Morriston Hospital, 13 February 2014 PDF 32 KB
- Focus group event, 12 March 2014 PDF 37 KB