Surgical masks and robotic operations are a waste of NHS money and should be scrapped to help save the NHS £150million a year.
That’s the view of Imperial College London experts who have carried out a review on cost-cutting measures the cash-strapped health service can make.
Researchers from the Department of Surgery and Cancer, found 71 commonly performed procedures or practices that are costly but make little or no difference to patients’ safety.
It comes as the NHS’s financial watchdog warned lives are being cut short because hospitals are having to ration routine operations.
It was reported yesterday that Jim Mackey, head of NHS Improvement, said the health service was ‘juggling hand to mouth’ and having to ‘deprioritise’ non-urgent surgery.