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Stopping five low value surgical procedures could save NHS £135m a year

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: (Published 08 November 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5186
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Stopping five common surgical procedures that are costly and provide limited benefit to patients, including inappropriate gastroscopy and inguinal hernia repair without troublesome symptoms, could save the NHS £135m (€153m; $177m) a year, a study has estimated.1

“Identifying and stopping low value services represents a significantly greater opportunity for efficiency savings than previously thought,” said the researchers, led by Humza Malik, clinical research fellow at Imperial College London, …

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