Last year your local NHS spent £15 million on products, including paracetamol, that you can easily buy in pharmacies, high street shops and supermarkets.
The demand for healthcare is constantly rising, but budgets are not increasing at the same rate. We need to save nearly £135 million across the eight boroughs, around 5% of our annual expenditure, in the financial year 2017/18 to balance our budget.
We have identified three proposals where we can save money without affecting patients' health.
We need your input as patients and residents.
These proposals are detailed in 'Choosing Wisely: changing the way we prescribe.' We believe that these three Choosing Wisely proposals will help reduce waste and give patients more control over their repeat prescriptions.
Proposal 1: GPs will ask patients if they are willing to buy certain medicines or products which can be bought without a prescription.
For more information on proposal 1 and a full list of medicines and products it includes please click here.
Proposal 2: GPs will not routinely prescribe the medicines and products listed below which can be bought without a prescription.
For more information on proposal 2 and a full list of medicines and products it includes please click here.
Proposal 3: Ask patients to order their own repeat prescriptions where possible
For more information on proposal 3 and a full list of medicines and products it includes please click here.
You can read our news release here.
We want to hear your views by 30 June 2017, so click here to have your say.
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