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Commons committee slates inaction on obesity

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7452.1335 (Published 03 June 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1335
  1. Tiago Villanueva
  1. BMJ

    Primary care trusts should improve the way they deal with obesity, says a report on obesity published by the House of Commons Health Committee.

    Trusts have not been giving obesity as much priority as they should, says the committee, which also criticises the government's performance on obesity and the food industry for its role in encouraging bad eating habits.

    In criticising primary care trusts for failing to tackle obesity, the report cites examples of GPs being asked by trusts to limit their prescribing of drugs that have been approved by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence for obesity, specialist obesity services with closed waiting lists, and pioneering local projects threatened with …

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