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The humble wart wastes millions

From Dr R B Dawood, GP and

GPSI in dermatology, Harrow, North-west London

Warts are costing the NHS millions.

I don't mean viral warts, which mostly are treated cheaply in the community, but seborrhoeic warts which are referred to secondary care all over the country.

Working as dermatology clinical assistant I see at least five a week, and these are usually referred with the wrong diagnosis from moles to melanomas.

If we wish to save the NHS millions of pounds then education about how to recognise various forms and shades of benign warts is crucial.

At present, there is nothing else wasting precious NHS money like the humble senile wart!

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