unnecessary prolongation

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The unnecessary prolongation of this process can result in increased hospital costs and complications associated with it10.
"The remarks were disproportionate to a challenge he had made over police expenditure and caused an unnecessary prolongation of the disagreement.
ON the subject of the Mental Capacity Bill, I agree wholeheartedly with Denise Robertson's view (December 21) that there is no need for the unnecessary prolongation of life and also her condemnation of Baroness Warnock.
Second, regarding the new guidelines, I will apply the tests of repetition, frivolity, vexatiousness and unnecessary prolongation of report stage proceedings insofar as it is possible to do so in the particular circumstances with which the Chair is faced.