Mixed reviews on NHS England's new initiative. A sore throat ‘test and treat’ service has been adopted onto an NHS England programme to be rolled out across the country.
Are GPs to throw away the traditional box of wooden tongue depressors? People with sore throats are soon to be offered a new service – at the pharmacy. The NHS Innovation Accelerator, an organisation responsible for helping “with the adoption of promising new treatments and technologies”, has approved a new Sore Throat Test and Treat service that NHS England says is “evidence based and cost saving”. My head is in my hands. This is neither evidence based nor shown to be cost effective, and may actually make pressure on the NHS worse. Faced with a wait for to see a GP, it means effectively people will be able to access care faster if they pay