Views sought on proposals to stop routinely prescribing some items

Local people are being encouraged to give their views on national proposed guidance that suggests some items should not be routinely prescribed by GPs.

The consultation is being run by NHS England (NHSE) and NHS Clinical Commissioners as part of a plan to develop new guidance on prescribing. It is hoped this guidance could help the NHS save money, while continuing to deliver the best possible outcomes for patients. 

The new guidance could mean items that are often routinely prescribed could only be provided where they are absolutely necessary and deemed to be ‘clinically effective’.

The aim is to produce a clear and equal prescribing process across the country and make savings which would be reinvested in patient care.

A list of items considered to be low priority for NHS funding has been produced as part of the consultation. This list, along with full details of the consultation, is available on the NHS England website.

NHSE would like to hear from health professionals, the public and patients and relevant interest groups. The consultation is open until 21 October 2017.

For more information, please see the consultation document and frequently asked questions.

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