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Routine GP prescriptions could end unless ‘absolutely necessary’ new guidelines warning

PUBLISHED: 17:24 25 September 2017 | UPDATED: 17:24 25 September 2017

NHS prescription consultation... GP Sir Sam Everington is urging public to give their views. Picture: Mike Brooke

NHS prescription consultation... GP Sir Sam Everington is urging public to give their views. Picture: Mike Brooke

Mike Brooke

The future of NHS prescriptions is on the line with NHS consultations now under way that could decide if some items should not be routinely prescribed by GPs.

The consultation by Tower Hamlets and other GP clinical commissioning groups is part of a nationwide consensus aimed at new guidelines on what doctors should prescribe for patients.

This could mean items often routinely prescribed may only be prescribed where they are “absolutely necessary” and deemed to be clinically effective.

“It’s important people are aware of this consultation,” Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group chair Sir Sam Everington said. “We don’t want people to miss out on the chance to have their say.”

The aim is for every prescription based on sound clinical evidence and being “cost effective” to the NHS.

A list of medicines and treatments considered ‘low priority’ for NHS funds has been drawn up in the consultation that runs until October 21.

People can take part in an NHS web survey event on October 10. Those wanting to join in can sign up online, while frequently asked questions can also be answered online.

Consultation information in other formats such as ‘easy read’, large print or other languages can be requested by email to england.medicines@nhs.net

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