17 routine procedures deemed unnecessary in the UK

The NHS wants to cease funding these

The UK National Health Service has proposed to stop funding 17 routine procedures it considers unnecessary.

It says its recommendations are based on best clinical evidence, including guidelines from the National Institute for Care and Health Excellence (NICE).

Procedures that should no longer be routinely performed include:

  • Snoring surgery (in the absence of obstructive sleep apnoea)
  • Dilatation and curettage for heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Knee arthroscopy for patients with osteoarthritis
  • Injections for non-specific low back pain without sciatica

Procedures that should be commissioned or performed only when specific clinical criteria are met:

  • Breast reduction
  • Removal of benign skin lesions
  • Grommets for glue ear in children
  • Tonsillectomy for recurrent tonsillitis
  • Haemorrhoid surgery