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Saving NHS money 'not starting point', Mark Drakeford says

Health Minister Mark Drakeford says saving money is not his "starting point" for calling on the Welsh NHS to adopt a policy of "prudent medicine" prioritising resources on proven care.

Up to a fifth of the NHS's work does not benefit patients and could cause harm, he said in a speech.

It could mean surgery like tonsil removal may not be offered if it was considered of little benefit and antibiotics prescriptions could be cut.

It has led to criticism that the policy could see health services rationed.

Mr Drakeford spoke to BBC Wales Today.

  • 16 Jan 2014
  • From the section Wales
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