These 17 routine procedures won't be funded in the UK anymore

And where the NHS goes, Australia often follows

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

band-aid concept

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:

  • 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
  • Hysterectomy for heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Chalazia removal
  • Arthroscopic shoulder decompression for subacromial shoulder pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome release
  • Dupuytren’s contracture release
  • Ganglion excision
  • Trigger finger release
  • Varicose vein surgery

A 12-week consultation process is now underway.