NHS England consultation – Routine prescribing in primary care
NHS England has launched a national consultation about items which should not be routinely prescribed in primary care.
Last year, 1.1 billion prescription items were dispensed in primary care at a cost of £9.2billion, and we know that across England there is significant variation in what is being prescribed and to whom. Often patients are receiving medicines which have been proven to be ineffective or in some cases dangerous, for which there are other more effective, safer and/or cheaper alternatives.
It is important that the NHS achieves the greatest value from the money that it spends, which is why NHS England has partnered with commissioners to ensure that CCGs can use their prescribing resources effectively and deliver the best outcomes for their patients, from the medicines that their local population use
To find out more about the consultation and to read the full consultation document, visit the NHS England website.
You can give NHS England your views using the online survey.
This consultation is open now and closes on 21 October 2017
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