Breast screening, health checks and psychological tactics for GPs to encourage attendance, despite ineffectiveness and harms!

https://www.healthwatch-uk.org/images/Newsletters/Number_104.pdf

If you enjoy the series ‘Yes, Minister’ you will probably love Issue 104, 2016-17 of the HealthWatch charity’s Newsletter, especially pages 6-8.

Breast screening, health checks, nsaids, …what doesn’t work?

In his acceptance speech, HealthWatch Award Winner Peter Gotzsche asks, ‘Why is it controversial to tell the truth about healthcare?’

‘People ask me, why do you look for controversies? And I tell them, I don’t, they come to me. My work is something like that of a medical detective. People come to me if they feel something is wrong in healthcare. When I start looking into these issues, I usually dig very deep.

I find skeletons, and when I expose these skeletons, the people who buried them can get very angry.’

Peter     Peter Gøtzsche, physician, medical researcher and leader of the Nordic Cochrane Centre at Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The HealthWatch Award is presented annually to an individual who has made significant steps either in medical research or in improving the public’s understanding of health issues by clarifying complicated and often misunderstood medical matters for the general public.

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And on page 4 of the same document: ‘Recent guidance from Public Health England arms general practitioners with psychological tactics to encourage patients to attend an NHS Health Check, despite evidence that shows such screening is ineffective’ – both articles alert the public to a side of healthcare which may well shock them.
There is much, much more at
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About bmitzi

Medical writer, author, artist. Cancer campaigner. Aiming always to improve health services and bring compassion into health care.
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