A public consultation has been launched to reduce prescriptions for some over the counter medicines. This could free around £136 million to use on other services. The NHS each year spends:
♦ £4.5 million on dandruff shampoos – enough to fund a further 4,700 cataract operations or 1,200 hip replacements every year
♦ £7.5 million on indigestion and heartburn – enough to fund nearly 300 community nurses
♦ £5.5 million on mouth ulcers – enough to fund around 1,500 hip replacements
If patients were to self-care for these three conditions alone, it would save the NHS £17.5 million allowing funds to be diverted to other areas.
Consultation & guidance document is available at https://www.engage.england.nhs.uk/consultation/over-the-counter-items-not-routinely-prescribed/