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BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 17 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1499

Ailments that can be treated at home cost NHS £2bn a year: The advocacy group Self Care Campaign is calling for all UK political parties to help people gain confidence in treating minor ailments. Problems that can be treated at home account for a fifth of GPs’ workload, or 57 million consultations, and cost the NHS £2bn (€2.2bn; $3bn) every year. Back pain is the most common such ailment, followed by dermatitis, and heartburn and indigestion.

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