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A system reset for the campaign against too much medicine

BMJ 2022; 377 doi: (Published 16 June 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;377:o1466

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A system reset for the campaign against too much medicine

Dear Editor,

My very best wishes in the campaign against too much medicine. illness due to over-prescribing has to be one of the most accessible areas for improvement and saving the hard pressed NHS.

But I fear that the pressure from Pharma and the lack of incentive for an over-stretched medical workforce will ensure that any progress remains glacial.

The whole process of medicine needs to be reviewed starting with a recognition that medicines and surgical and technological interventions have nothing to do with health. They can be miraculous in disease control, A&E and postponing death but health is not just the absence of disease but the state of optimal physical, mental and spiritual well-being which is best achieved by steering away from drugs as much as possible.

Who are the healthier ones? Those who take medicines or those who avoid them?

Competing interests: No competing interests

22 June 2022
Richard Stenning