Pledge to spend NHS cash on sending obese people in Norwich to Slimming World

Adam Gretton for The Eastern Daily Press (EDP) reports 24th September 2014: Pledge to spend NHS cash on sending obese people in Norwich to Slimming World

The GP-led group in charge of health budgets in the city yesterday agreed to continue spending part of their budget on paying overweight residents to attend Slimming World groups.

More than 2,000 people from Norwich with a body mass index (BMI) of over 30 have taken part in the pilot project over the last two years, which has seen the NHS funding vouchers for participants to join the weight loss organisation for a 12 week period….

NHSreality has asked before “what is the opposite of deserts based rationing?” The goods and services supplied by the Regional Health Services should be about fear, particularly in a time of financial distress… Greed and inactivity are the main causes of obesity, which is virtually unknown in the third world… However, once local taxation is allowed, would a local tax on sugar products be feasible – I doubt it – and such taxation would have to be National.

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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