Self–care using medicines in the home without needing a prescription
NHS Ashford Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS Canterbury and Coastal Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS South Kent Coast Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS Thanet Clinical Commissioning Group
Opens: 4 September 2017
Closes: 2 October 2017
To restrict prescribing of over the counter / minor ailment medicines to those conditions where the clinical need can only be met by a prescription.
To tighten the prescription guidance on 18 items which are ineffective, or need safer guidelines, or where an alternative form would be more cost effective without reducing clinical effectiveness
There is an NHS Clinical Commissioners and NHS England national consultation, looking at how to improve prescribing in primary care (GP practices and local pharmacies), which the Ashford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and other East Kent CCGs will respond to. To help them respond, they want to know what you think of the proposals to reduce prescribing of medicines widely available over the counter or tighten prescribing guidance on some items which are ineffective, or can be prescribed in more cost effective ways.
Have your say
You can give us your views in a number of ways:
- Fill in the onlne survey www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/EKotcmedicines
- Fill in the paper copy of the survey found at the back of the consultation document and send it to FREEPOST ADDRESS
- Contact the Engagement Team on or Nelcsu.email@example.com
- If you belong to a group or organisation, you can invite us along to one of your meetings by contacting us on the details above
The four East Kent CCGs have a big financial challenge to meet in the short term. While the NHS budget has been protected, costs and demand for healthcare have increased. Currently approximately £10 million more is being spent nationally than the existing budget on medicines. They think the money they spend on items that are readily available over the counter might be better spent on treatments, staff and essential services that patients cannot get in any other way. They
also believe it will be of beneft to patients to promote a positive emphasis on self-care for minor ailments and illnesses, which you can manage effectively at home and in a way that suits you. (more…)