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Appeal court upholds trust’s decision to deny patient bariatric surgery

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d4894 (Published 29 July 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4894
  1. Clare Dyer
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A morbidly obese former policeman whose doctors say may have less than a year to live has lost his bid in the Court of Appeal in London to obtain a laparoscopic gastric bypass paid for by the NHS.

Tom Condliff, 62, who weighs 140 kg and has diabetes and associated illnesses, claimed that North Staffordshire primary care trust violated his human rights in denying him the procedure. His lawyer, Richard Clayton QC, argued that the trust should have taken social as well as clinical factors into account in reaching its decision.

But three appeal court …

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