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All the latest news and links The new Welsh Institute of Metabolic and Obesity Surgery (WIMOS) opened at Morriston Hospital, Swansea in June 2011. Its multi-disciplinary approach, comprising specialist surgical, medical, anaesthetic, dietetic and psychological expertise, offered bariatric (weight loss) surgery on an all-Wales basis for the first time. The official announcement is here. Overweight Britons are being warned by UK doctors about the dangers of going abroad for cheaper weight loss surgery. The advice of specialists, including WIMOS specialist surgeon Scott Caplin, can be read here. In December 2012, the Welsh Government announced its intention to review the criteria which determined eligibility for bariatric surgery in Wales. In this BBC article, Jon Barry argued for Wales eventually lowering the threshold at which people qualify for NHS-funded surgery, and urged the health watchdog to adopt the NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) guidelines as soon as possible. BBC Radio Wales' Good Morning Wales presenter Peter Johnson speaks to Scott Caplin, a consultant surgeon at the Welsh Institute of Metabolic and Obesity Surgery at Morriston Hospital in Swansea about the Welsh Government's plans to review the cost of changing the eligibility criteria for bariatric (weight loss) surgery in Wales. In July 2012, consultant bariatric surgeon Jonathan Barry was interviewed on BBC Wales' Sunday Politics television programme about the wide ranging benefits of weight loss surgery, both to individual patients and also to the wider Welsh society. He said that obesity is on the rise, with his team at the Welsh Institute of Metabolic and Obesity Surgery having received over 1,000 referrals in 18 months. Further links can be found by clicking here
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