Published March 22, 2017 at 13:25
A survey asking for views on proposals to stop prescribing medicines for short-term, minor conditions is due to close on Friday 31 March 2017.
NHS Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been consulting with individuals since January 2017 on their proposals to stop prescribing treatments which are now widely available over the counter (in pharmacies or shops) at a low cost price or cheaper than an NHS prescription. Many are prescribed for conditions that have no clinical need of treatment.
The CCG currently spends £663,042 a year on prescriptions for such items and instead want its limited medicines budget to be used for the treatment of more serious conditions.
Dr Preeti Shukla, Clinical lead at Blackburn with Darwen CCG said:
Nationally there are 57 million GP consultations each year for minor conditions — this costs the NHS approximately £2 billion and takes up to an hour a day on average for every GP and this cannot continue if the NHS is going to become more sustainable.
Blackburn with Darwen CCG would like to empower residents of Lancashire to help them “self-care” – Which means people taking responsibility for their own health and wellbeing where they can. Conditions such as a common cold, sore throat or minor cough are all which can be treated at home and can naturally get better themselves.
The removal of these prescriptions for minor conditions will free up GP time to treat more urgent or serious conditions as well as using the budget for more serious conditions.
All residents of Blackburn with Darwen or those registered with a GP in the borough have the potential to be affected and therefore we urge you to all take part in completing the survey and have a chance to have your say.
This consultation has been running from Monday 30 January 2017 and will close on Friday March 31 2017.