NHS looks to cash in on worried patients with £24 blood-test kits - News Summed Up

NHS looks to cash in on worried patients with £24 blood-test kits


GPs fear that speculative testing could increase pressure on the health service ANDREW BROOKES/GETTY IMAGESThe NHS has entered the market to sell consumer blood tests that look for signs of serious illness in a controversial moneyspinning venture. A leading hospital laboratory hopes that online shoppers will pay from £24 for tests that can prevent disease by assessing people’s risk of conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis. But GPs fear it will lead to an influx of the worried well to overstretched surgeries and insist that “curiosity is simply not a good enough reason for medical testing”. There was a similar debate this year over government plans for the NHS to sequence the entire genetic code of healthy paying customers to amass DNA data. Home blood testing is lower-tech but already available, with companies such as Thriva and…


Source: The Times May 24, 2019 23:05 UTC



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