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Britain does too many x rays, says Audit Commission

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6973.149 (Published 21 January 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:149

Many radiology departments in Britain are overspent by at least £20m a year, mostly because of unnecessary examinations, according to the latest instalment of the Audit Commission's review of efficiency in the health service. The commission says that up to £60m a year could be saved if high spending departments brought their expenditure down to the average.

The NHS and the Royal College of Radiologists have been urging doctors for years to reduce the number of requests they make for x ray examinations, largely because of the unnecessary …

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