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Cardiff and Vale NHS weight loss plan for operations

Obese people will have to complete weight loss programmes before they can have operations, if proposals by a Welsh health board are approved.

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board also says requiring smokers to go on courses to help them give up before surgery may save over £400,000.

It would not apply to cancer patients or people needing emergency treatment.

The board would have to cut costs by £90m to break even in the next financial year.

Caroline Evans reports.

Patients must lose weight before ops

  • 22 Mar 2013
  • From the section Wales