Fat patients 'must lose weight before operations' proposal

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The health board say the proposals would not effect emergency treatment Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

A south Wales health board are considering making smokers and overweight patients go on stop-smoking and weight-loss courses before they can have certain operations.

The Cardiff and Vale University Health Board says anyone who smokes or has a body mass index (BMI) of above 40 would need to complete a course before being eligible for surgery.

The health board say these are only proposals at the moment but that they would not include anyone requiring emergency treatment.

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Weight and smoking courses proposal

A south Wales health board are considering making smokers and overweight patients go on stop-smoking and weight-loss courses before they can have certain operations.