A grandfather has lost his High Court battle over a health trust's refusal to fund obesity surgery.
Ex-police officer Tom Condliff, 62, who weighs 22 stone (139kg), says he needs the stomach operation to save his life.
He took North Staffordshire PCT to court on grounds that a refusal to fund a gastric bypass operation violated his rights under the Human Rights Act.
But a judge sitting at London's High Court rejected the Staffordshire man's bid for judicial review on Thursday.
If you only know the outline of this story I can understand if you feel that this man is just a greedy git, and the fact that he is going to die is because of the huge amount of food he shovels in to his mouth. However dig a bit deeper and this is a man who has 13 diagnosed illnesses and takes 28 separate pills on prescription. One of the drugs he is prescribed has a side affect of slowing down the bodies metabolism. It's a form of treatment for diabetes and have seen first hand the effect it can have on my grandad who gained nearly 5 stone in his final years.
This is an old man, with a history of heart problems. What he can do to lose weight and what he can do to increase his quality of life is very limited.
However when you consider a case in 2010, when a unemployed mother of 3 successfully went to court and overturned a similar decision about a gastric band, something is amiss? Wouldn't you agree?
So not only did she over turn the decision, it turns out to be the second Gastric operation she'd have recieved completely free of charge on the NHS.
So on one hand we have an old man who has served is community and payed his taxes all his life who needs a life saving operation and is being villafied and on the other an unemployed mother of 3 who has already has one previous grastric band operation having the PCT's medical opinion and decision being over turned?
Tell me whats right? Tell me who should have the operation?
Was the differance purely down to the lawyer? the judge? Surely medical opinion hold more sway in a medical decision than that of a judge who more likely or not has led a sheltered privledged life making a mockery and interpretting the laws of the state how ever they wish?