NHS England (who lead the National Health Service in England) has launched a public consultation on reducing prescribing of over-the-counter (OTC) medicines for minor, short-term health concerns by health care professionals (i.e. GP) which could save the NHS £136 million a year and encourage more people to self-care.
A list of 33 minor health concerns has been identified by a national joint clinical working group which is either self-limiting (which will resolve itself without treatment) or suitable for self-care (treat yourself). In addition, vitamins/minerals and probiotics have also been included as items of low clinical effectiveness (limited effect) which are of high cost to the NHS.
The consultation is around particular conditions and not particular products and has been spilt into:
- Self-limiting illnesses (resolve itself without treatment)
- Minor illnesses suitable for self-care (treat yourself)
- Items of low clinical effectiveness (limited effect)
The consultation will not affect prescribing of items for longer term or more complex conditions or where minor illnesses are symptomatic (symptom of another more condition) or a side effect of something more serious.
Salford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) want to hear your views about these proposed changes by completing this survey:
Please do give your feedback before Friday 23rd February so Salford CCG can forward your views directly to NHS England.