Have you received one of the treatments on this list? Do you agree that it was unnecessary?
The NHS involves a careful balancing act between costs and benefits. Whilst I would not wish to receive unnecessary treatment, I do want to be confident that all possibilities have been thoroughly explored and the treatment I am receiving is the best thing for whatever it is that needs treating.
The advice, drawn up by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, features on a list of 40 treatments that bring little or no benefit to patients. The list is part of a campaign to reduce the number of unnecessary medical treatments. Patients are also encouraged to ask more questions about procedures. Medical experts from 11 different specialties were asked to identify five treatments or procedures commonly used in their field that were not always necessary or valuable. These have been used as part of the Choose Wisely campaign to highlight the need for patients and doctors to talk frankly about how health issues should be treated.