NHS England has launched a public consultation on reducing prescribing of over-the-counter medicines for 33 minor, short-term health concerns.
These prescriptions include items for a condition:
- That is considered to be self-limiting and so does not need treatment as it will heal of its own accord;
- Which lends itself to self-care, i.e. that the person suffering does not normally need to seek medical care but may decide to seek help with symptom relief from a local pharmacy and use an over the counter medicine.
Vitamins/minerals and probiotics have also been included in the consultation proposals as items of low clinical effectiveness which are of high cost to the NHS.
NHS England has partnered with NHS Clinical Commissioners to carry out the consultation after CCGs asked for a nationally co-ordinated approach to the development of commissioning guidance in this area to ensure consistency and address unwarranted variation.
The intention is to produce a consistent, national framework for CCGs to use.
The consultation will run until 14 March 2018.
In support of the consultation, there will be a series of four national face to face engagements events for patients and the general public. The dates and times of these events will be published on the NHS England website in early January 2018. In addition, there will be a series of online events (webinars) taking place throughout the consultation period for representatives of patient groups and charities. Details of the webinar times and dates will be published on the NHS England website.
Click HERE to download the consultation document.
Click HERE to take part in the online consultation
Update: 11 January 2018
The NHS has announced that they will be hosting a series of face to face events and webinars (online meetings), to provide further information about the proposed national guidance and to seek your views about the proposals.
Face to face
Tues 30 Jan (2pm – 4pm) – Leeds
Fri 9 Feb (2pm – 4pm) – Birmingham
Mon 5 Mar (2pm – 4pm) – London
Mon 22 Jan (1pm – 2:30pm)
Wed 21 Feb (1pm – 2:30pm)
For further details and to book a place click HERE