Wigan Futures Slimming Clinic welcomes Lisa Nandy
Labour MP Lisa Nandy recently visited the Wigan Futures Slimming Clinic, as part of the Obesity Management Association’s political engagement programme. Lisa, who has previously spoken out about Wigan’s on-going obesity problem, met with the clinic’s Margaret Rowson to hear about the work the OMA does to tackle the condition in the constituency. In 2010, overweight and obese patients cost the Ashton, Leigh and Wigan PCT in Lisa’s constituency £94.3m.
The clinic in Wigan has had great success by providing its patients providing a combination of behavioural interventions and medical solutions. Lisa was shown photos of patients who have successfully and sustainably reduced their weight by adopting this approach.
Speaking after the visit, Lisa said:
“Obesity is a major health challenge in Wigan, and throughout the country. I was pleased to have the opportunity to learn more about the issue, and the people who have successfully lost weight.”
The OMA are working to raise awareness amongst elected representatives of the work that is going on in member clinics across the country, to reduce the increasingly unsustainable burden that obesity places on the NHS.