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Letters Tackling overmedicalisation

Increases in GP cancer referrals reflect successful health policy, not accidental overmedicalisation

BMJ 2023; 381 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.p1349 (Published 20 June 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;381:p1349
  1. Stephen H Bradley, GP and NIHR academic clinical lecturer
  1. School of Medicine, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
  1. medsbra{at}leeds.ac.uk

Mathew is right to highlight the problem of overmedicalisation and the need for a coherent policy response to counterbalance the many pressures that lead to too much medicine.1 But the cited example of increased two week wait referrals for suspected cancer is not apt.

As Mathew points out, volumes of two week wait referrals have increased substantially in recent years,2 but this is a result of a …

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