THE government has urged the public to learn the basics of DIY surgery ahead of the annual NHS winter crisis.
As the health service prepares for its seasonal overload, citizens are to be provided with guidance on performing common surgical procedures at home.
A government spokesman said: “We think people will be surprised at how easy it is to remove tonsils or an appendix at home.”
The training materials will also show how to turn a plug socket into a basic defibrillator, and which kitchen implements are best to use for a caesarean.
The spokesman added: “This is ultimately about empowering people. For too long, medicine has been overrun by elitist experts.”
Sources say that similar ‘have-a-go’ schemes will also be rolled out in policing and firefighting.