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27th July 2018

NHS England has set out plans to stop or reduce commissioning of 17 treatments that research has shown to be ineffective or risky, and they want to hear your views.

These treatments include:

Surgery to prevent snoring
Dilatation and curettage (D&C) for heavy menstrual bleeding in women
Knee arthroscopy for patients with osteoarthritis
Injections for non-specific low back pain without sciatica
Breast reduction
Removal of benign skin lesions
Grommets for glue ear in children
Tonsillectomy for recurrent tonsillitis
Haemorrhoid surgery
Hysterectomy for heavy menstrual bleeding
Chalazia removal
Shoulder decompression
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome release
Dupuytren’s contracture release
Ganglion excision
Trigger finger release
Varicose Vein surgery

NICE, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, advises that less invasive or safer treatments are available and just as effective; they recommend that the 17 treatments be used as a last resort.

You can read more about the proposals and complete the NHS England survey here (closes 28th September).