Prescriptions could become a thing of the past to treat 35 minor conditions ranging from acute sore throat to warts, under latest plans published by NHS England (NHSE).
NHSE is asking the public to comment on the proposals, which would mean people normally having to buy over-the-counter treatments rather than seeking a prescription from their GP. Concerns raised by patient groups have led to an important change from the first draft of proposals, which came out last year, to ensure vulnerable patients would be exempt from the plans if their GP believes they will not arrange their own self-care because of social, medical or mental health issues. The plans are also now listed by commonly known conditions, rather than by specific names of medicines that the public might not be aware of.
The national consultation on the latest plans will end on 14 March 2018. People can complete an online survey, take part in webinars (online meetings) on 22 January or 21 February, or attend consultation meetings in Leeds, London or Birmingham.