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South West Clinical Senate. Surgical Interventions with Limited Benefit (Jan 2016)

MDTs in cancer surgery requested guidance regarding their work and boundaries when making recommendations to operate, particularly in the area of complex or highly invasive surgery where benefits may be limited. There was no intention to limit surgical decision making but it was recognised that there are natural benefits to both commissioners and the wider system in understanding and preventing unnecessary waste in treatment. The Clinical Senate Council formulated guidance to support decision making for surgery already commissioned, and did not seek to specifically comment on any one particular service.

Clinical Senate

South West





Types of Work:

Clinical Advice