Pointless tests and treatments unveiled

Dozens of common tests and treatments for a range of ailments are of little or no use, senior UK doctors say.

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AMRC) has recorded 40 regularly used medical procedures as largely pointless.

The organisation has issued a caution that “more doesn’t always mean better” as part of its Choosing Wisely UK campaign.

Tap water is as good as saline solution to clean cuts, while a plaster cast is unnecessary for some wrist fractures in children who may find that a removable splint will be just as adequate.

The guidelines also note that