Jun 30, 2018
NHS England to stop 'ineffective' treatments
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. NHS England said the move would affect about 100,000 people every year and free up an estimated £200m. It follows reviews last year to save £190m from supplying over-the-counter medications and treatments described as "Low value". NHS England says for most of the 17 procedures under consideration, alternative treatments including physiotherapy, a minor injection or change of diet are likely to be effective. "NHS England national medical director Prof Stephen Powis said:"If we want the very best clinical care for our patients, we need to stop putting them through treatments where risks and harms outweigh the benefits. NHS England chief executive Simon Stephens says with more money committed by the government the health service must now work harder to tackle waste and re-invest savings.
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