When GPs should say no
Why are patients given unnecessary medical treatments when they go to the doctor with many commonplace conditions? Adrian Goldberg asks why more doctors don't just say no.
The Academy of Royal Medical Colleges believes there is evidence that many patients are over-medicalised; given treatments that do not help alleviate a range of commonplace conditions. In some cases they may even do harm. Adrian Goldberg explores what patients expect from a medical consultation, how they might work better and why some doctors find it hard to just say no. As scientific progress makes more treatments possible, have we confused what is on offer with what might do us the most good?
Producer: Rosamund Jones.