Doctors back denial of treatment for smokers and the obese.

May 10, 2012


Source: The Guardian.

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Date of publication: 29th April, 2012.

Publication type: News item.

In a nutshell: This story discusses the controversial results of a survey on which examined “lifestyle rationing” of health services. The survey reported that 54% of respondents felt that the NHS should have the right to withhold non-emergency treatment from patients who are overweight or who refuse to stop smoking. The story includes comment from professional bodies, NHS organisations and private sector groups.

Length of publication: 1 page.


Obesity reduction within a generation: the dual roles of prevention and treatment.

October 26, 2011

Title: Obesity reduction within a generation: the dual roles of prevention and treatment.

Source: Obesity, 2011, 19 (10), p. 2107-2110.

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Date of publication: October, 2011.

Publication type: Report.

In a nutshell: A brief look at the growing obesity problem in the United States of America and how the US government plans to tackle this difficult  issue  in coming years.

Length of publication: 4 pages.

Some important notes: Please contact your local NHS Library for the full text of the article. Follow this link to find your local NHS Library.

Government plans to tackle obesity unveiled.

October 26, 2011

Title: Government plans to tackle obesity unveiled.

Source: National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). 

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Date of publication: 14th October, 2011.

Publication type: News item.

In a nutshell: An overview of the government’s “Healthy lives, healthy people” initiative and how the work carried out by NICE and other agencies will support these new attempts to tackle obesity in England.

Length of publication: 1 webpage.

Some important notes: Follow this link to read the full text of the “Healthy lives, healthy people” document.

Tackling obesity: commissioning for outcomes.

April 26, 2011

Title: Conference: Tackling obesity. Commissioning for outcomes. 29th June, 2011, Portland Place, London.

Source: Royal Society for Public Health.

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Date of publication: April 2011.

Publication type: Press release.

In a nutshell: Newly published details of a conference examining the issues around commissioning services and interventions to tackle obesity.  The conference will be of interest to those involved in procuring or providing obesity-related services and interventions.  A full conference programme and booking details are included.

Length of publication: 1 page.