BBC: NHS England to stop 'ineffective' treatments

1 July, 2018

From the BBC website. Read in full here:


Tonsils removal, breast reductions and snoring surgery will be offered to far fewer patients from next year, under plans being drawn up by NHS England.

Officials are to discuss proposals to stop or reduce 17 routine procedures deemed to be "ineffective or risky".

The treatment will be offered only if it is judged to be of "compelling" benefit and there are no alternatives.

NHS England said the move would affect about 100,000 people every year and free up an estimated £200m...


Comment (NPW): Much if not most healthcare around the world is ineffective or harmful. WHO, for example, has estimated that 'more than half of all medicines are prescribed, dispensed or sold inappropriately

Elimination of ineffective or harmful treatments should be part of every national health policy. This is particularly important in low- and middle- income countries, where wastage of resources impacts most on health care. Is anyone aware of examples or trends in specific countries where ineffective treatments are being supported, or where other national governments are seeking to eliminate ineffective or harmful treatments? WHO has a role to play here to monitor and assist governments to allocate resources appropriately.

Best wishes, Neil

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