Posted by Daniel Harper at 07/09/2017 14:35:59
A national consultation is looking at whether GPs should change some of what they prescribe for patients.
At the moment GPs prescribe many medicines that people can easily buy in shops or pharmacies, often more cheaply than the cost of a prescription.
There is also new guidance on some medicines which are ineffective, unsafe, or can be prescribed in more cost effective ways.
The national consultation is considering recommending that none of these items are routinely prescribed by GPs.
Your local CCG will respond to this consultation which is led by NHS England and NHS Clinical Commissioners.
To help us respond, we want to know what you think of the proposals.
This document provides an overview of the proposed changes, which aim to make sure that the NHS medicines budget is spent as effectively as possible, to minimise waste, and to promote self-care.
To have your say, please complete this survey by 2 October 2017.
We know that sometimes people are prescribed too many medicines, and this can lead to waste. We welcome any ideas you have for saving money by changing how we buy and prescribe medicines, or doing things in a more efficient and effective way. If you have any ideas, please write them down in answer to question 17 of the survey.
If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org - working on behalf of the four east Kent clinical commissioning groups.
Thank you, as always, to everyone who takes the time to help the NHS plan how to improve our services.