NHS North Staffordshire have reversed their decision regarding Tom Condliff, the 22-stone man from Stoke-on-Trent who applied for funding for “life-saving” obesity surgery. The case had previously been rejected at the Court of Appeal.
Mr Condliff, who has been diagnosed with 13 illnesses and been prescribed 28 separate drug treatments, had requested the surgery when he became obese from his medication, although his body mass index (BMI) of 43 was below the criteria of 50 required for funding.
However, the primary care trust (PCT) in North Staffordshire received a second individual funding request to fund the obesity surgery. They stated “The request and the new supporting medical evidence was thoroughly examined by our clinically led panel and Mr Condliff’s clinical circumstances were found to be exceptional as outlined in our policy.”
The PCT admitted that this case was seen as different from the usual, and that Mr Condliff would achieve much more benefit from the surgery than the average person with his condition. Mr Condliff commented “I am very, very pleased about the PCT’s decision but at the same time I am rather concerned that I haven’t changed since the last time the request for IFR in September last year, was put in.
Although he did add “I am looking forward to being able to get out of the house and to enjoying myself and having a decent quality of life.”

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