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Over The Counter Medicine Survey

The challenges we face

The local NHS faces some difficult issues. We have a limited budget and care is expensive. The number of people who need health services is increasing and many people are living longer, often with complex conditions. National and local shortages of NHS staff mean that we have to make sure that doctors’, nurses’ and other specialists’ time is used wisely. We need to make the best use of the money available so that we can help as many people as possible to live healthier, longer lives, avoiding preventable illnesses.

We simply don’t have the money to do everything and continue as we are, so we want to hear your views about some difficult decisions on how we spend the money available to the local NHS.

Our proposal

We are proposing to limit the prescribing of over the counter medicines and products for short-term conditions and minor ailments that are widely available in pharmacies or shops at a retail price that is often lower than the NHS prescription charge (currently £8.60 per item).

We are not proposing changes to long-term treatment with over-the counter medicines such as regular pain relief for osteoarthritis. This policy would ONLY apply to items you can buy without a prescription, so it wouldn’t include medicines that are only available on prescription such as antibiotics, statins and blood pressure and diabetes treatments.

Please click here to complete the anonymous consultation.

Thank you for taking the time to give your views on these important issues.

Consultation period 6th July 2017 - 14th September 2017

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