It seems that that those who run the NHS are either rent-seeking doctors or else idiots (I'll leave you to choose):
From next year, GPs will receive a payment for every obese patient they advise to lose weight - on top of money for keeping lists of those who weigh too much.
That's right dear reader, next time you toddle along to see your locla quack you'll be told you're a little chubby and to lose weight. You hear the sound of doctors' wallets fattening nicely there, don't you?
Even the nannying fussbuckets think this is crackers - here's Tam Fry from the National Obesity Forum:
“I am in favour 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.”
You really have to hand it to the BMA. Probably the most successful trade union of the lot - even Bob Crow must look on in awe as they continue to feather their members nests with taxpayers' cash while pretending to be a body concerned only with the betterment of health