Next year will bring more money for GPs who will manage to tell the truth to overweight patients. Those who will be able to tell their patients that they need to lose weight and place them on a list will find their salaries given a boost.
This new plan comes as a response to the still increasing rates of obesity registered in the UK. Two out of three Britons are now overweight and this ratio is bothering both the NHS and the National Obesity Forum.
Doctors will be advised to cut from the professional courtesy shield and reveal the exact details to their patients when it comes to obesity and normal weight standards. NHS will also try to raise awareness and inform local authorities to act more and protect both children and adults from becoming obese. Those doctors who will not hide behind their white robes and will offer the “hard advice” to overweight patients can and will receive a substantial sum from the NHS.
Tam Fry representing the National Obesity Forum didn’t believe that doctors could get more money just from telling the truth. He said: “I am in favor of GPs referring more patients to weight management schemes, like Weight Watchers and Slimming World, where there is good evidence they work, as there increasingly is. But I think it’s appalling that GPs need to be paid extra to do this – and even worse that they can get the same reward just from telling a patient to lose some weight.”
The message coming from the doctors appears to be doing a good job as people lose even more weight at a faster rate than before. It presents itself as a far better incentive than the regular exercises and devices shown on TV.
The University of Birmingham conducted a research on 740 obese people who were supported by the NHS and attended slimming clubs. Results showed that those who actually signed up for the program lost more weight than those who didn’t.
The Government believes that more than one half of all adults and a quarter of all the children in the UK will get to be overweight by 2040. This ‘truth campaign’ made by the NHS sounds even better when put into perspective.