A leading surgeon has suggested cutting spending on dying patients – to help the obese.
Gastric and weight-loss surgeon Andrew de Beaux questioned whether it was worth paying for treatments which may have little benefit for cancer patients in their last weeks of life.
Instead, he said, the money could be better spent on potentially life-changing weight-loss surgery.
But the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary surgeon’s views, which he said addressed the fact that obesity is a disease, came under attack yesterday.
Tory health spokesman Jackson Carlaw said: “It’s a very, very ill-judged remark. Obesity is an avoidable condition.
“We want to do everything we can to reduce obesity and where we can intervene surgically, all to the good.
“But people who are suffering from terminal conditions should be given every support with palliative care.”