Last year, the NHS spent approximately £569million on prescriptions for medicines for minor conditions which could have been bought over the counter from a high street pharmacy or supermarket.
By spending less money on treating conditions that will get better by themselves, or can be easily treated by you, at home, the NHS will have more money to spend on maintaining the services we have and investing in new ones.
Every £1million saved on prescriptions for over the counter treatments could pay for:
- 39 more community nurses OR
- 270 more hip replacements OR
- 66 more drug treatment courses for breast cancer OR
- 1,000 more drug treatment courses for Alzheimer’s OR
- 60,000 more GP appointments (excluding admin and practice staff time)
What is happening to my prescriptions?
You may find that your doctor or healthcare professional will no longer give you a prescription for a medicine that you can buy over the counter.
The NHS has identified a range of minor ailments and conditions that can be easily treated with over the counter medicines that you can buy from the supermarket or high-street pharmacy.
Items such as vitamins, minerals and other supplements including probiotics may no longer be prescribed.
Share your views on purchasing over the counter medicines for minor conditions. It can then be reviewed how NHS money is spent within the future, ensuring everyone can get the prescription medicines they need, when they need them.
The survey should take around 10 minutes to complete and your input is greatly appreciated.
For more information, please visit www.569millionreasons.co.uk
Sources: 569 Million Reasons, NHS England