The NHS are unable to tackle the issue as financially it would leave them worse off if they did so.
Health anxiety disorder is often a bigger problem than the physical ailment it cause’s, for example patients with chest pains may become so terrified about a heart attack that any recurrence prompts them to call an ambulance and seek admission.
Studies looking into the matter have found that cognitive therapy may help patients with their health anxiety and can reduce hospital visits by over 40 per cent.
A trial of cognitive therapy is being conducted in five trusts, Sherwoood Forest (Nottingham), St Mary’s, Charing Cross, Hillingdon, and Hammersmith (all in London) and involves 430 patients who will receive five to 10 sessions of cognitive behavioural therapy and will then be followed for two year. Early results have already proved promising.