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UK patients are given advice on private screening

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 30 September 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5394
  1. Andrew Cole
  1. 1London

The UK National Screening Committee has issued new guidance on the pros and cons of private health tests, after growing concern among doctors about the number of tests being offered to the public.

The committee’s director of programmes, Anne Mackie, said that patients were increasingly turning to private screening companies. “We want to make sure that people are fully aware of the tests that are offered to them on the NHS before they pay private companies for screening that may cause unnecessary anxiety and could lead to further unnecessary investigations.”

Private companies currently offer a wide range of heath checks from blood …

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