Obesity: Children and Young People

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 25th November 2021.

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Photo of George Howarth George Howarth Labour, Knowsley

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the announcement of 16 November 2021, what estimate he has made of the (a) total cost of setting up 15 new specialist clinics to support severely obese children and young people, (b) annual running costs of those clinics and (c) financial benefit of those clinics.

Photo of Maggie Throup Maggie Throup The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The National Health Service has committed £3 million in 2021/22 to mobilise complications related to excess weight (CEW) clinics, doubling to £6 million from 2022/23. No formal evaluation of the financial benefit of these clinics has been undertaken. However, the new CEW clinics will be participating in a national evaluation to build the evidence base around impact and cost effectiveness.

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