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Toni Russo
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The NICE guidelines show that you would certainly benefit from bariatric surgery with a BMI of 48. Unfortunately, PCTs are under no obligation to follow the NICE guidelines and many have their own (stricter) criteria. Speak to your GP and they will advise you of the appeals procedure.

There is no value in paying for a private consultation if you plan to have NHS surgery. We are unable to enter into appeals for individual patients, however deserving they may be.

You could find yourself paying for a consultation and then being disappointed as we would not be able to consider any further surgery unless the PCT agreed to fund or you decided to continue with private care.

PCTs do change their policies at times and will sometimes make exceptions for individual. Email your PCT for an up to date copy of their policy. Then ask your GP to assist you in filing an appeal.

Good luck.

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