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Epidemic of Overprescripiton Largely Driven by Fears of Complaints

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Epidemic of overprescripiton largely driven by fears of complaints

Doctors are prescribing more medications than necessary, and consequently putting patients at risk, due to fear of complaints. All according to research conducted by Professor Tom Bourne among others.

Patients are being put at risk because doctors are giving them drugs they do not need and sending them for unnecessary surgery to avoid a complaint being made against them, research has revealed.

Medics are so scared of being complained about that they are also giving patients more tests than their symptoms merit and not performing procedures that involve more risk than usual.

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