Campaign claims over-treating patients might cause harm

Campaign claims over-treating patients might cause harm

A recent campaign has claimed that over treating patients can be really wasteful and might be harmful for the patients.

Many doctors are careful about not leaving anything unattended and this may waste too much resources. Experts have said that the over treating might pose a risk to the future of the NHS because of increasing expenses as it faces increasing demand. The leading medical organisations in the country have joined a campaign to stop doctors 'over-treating' patients this week.

There is enough evidence to show that many routine procedures and prescriptions are unnecessary and wasteful and may even cause harm to the patients.The 'Choosing Wisely' programme will help medical royal colleges prepare a list of procedures that should not be used routinely, as suggested by the experts. The campaign will ask doctors to ensure patients are fully informed about the potential risks of their treatment and the patients will also be urged to ask questions about their doctors' decision.

Evidence has showed that patients are being over-diagnosed and over-treated for several conditions including prostate and thyroid cancers, asthma, and high blood pressure.Doctors argue that the problem is due to 'defensive medicine' as doctors are willing to opt for every test or treatment at their disposal instead of being accused of negligence.

The initiative is backed by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, which represents the 20 royal colleges and faculties of the UK and Ireland.


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