CCG Letter - Prescribing Changes July 2017
Changes are being introduced to what we will be able to prescribe. See our guide to the changes from the local prescribing guidelines - What your GP can prescribe on the NHS:
So that we can protect funding for the most essential NHS services for local people – things like emergency and cancer care – maternity and mental health services, your local NHS has stopped funding and prescribing some medicines and procedures.
Your GP can no longer give you an NHS prescription for:
- Gluten-free products – e.g. bread
- Medicines for dental conditions – e.g. mouthwashes, toothpastes
- Head lice and/or scabies medication
- Muscle rub creams such as Deep Heat and Tiger balm
- Omega 3 and other fish oil supplements
- Multivitamin supplements
- Eye vitamin supplements
- Colic remedies for babies
- Cough and cold remedies
- Paracetamol and ibuprofen (except in solution for children if appropriate)
- Soya-based formula milk
- Your GP can no longer provide these travel jabs on the NHS: Hepatitis A and B combined, hepatitis B, meningococcal meningitis, Japanese encephalitis, rabies, tick-borne encephalitis, TB, yellow fever.
Read the full guidelines and changes here from Barking and Dagenham, Redbridge and Havering clinical commissioning groups
Phase 2 - 08/01/2016
Changes to prescribing and other services
In order to protect funding our most essential health services - things like cancer care, emergency care, life threatening conditions and mental health services - GPs across Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge are making further changes to prescribing and other NHS services. From January 2018 we will be:
- Stopping prescribing over the counter sleeping tablets, sunscreens, anti-malarial medicines
- Stopping certain ‘non-essential’ procedures
- Restricting who is eligible for cataract surgery and podiatry.
A full breakdown of the proposals and what was approved is attached and is also now available on our websites:
Unfortunately, no change is not an option, and it’s up to us – with the public’s help - to get the local NHS onto a secure and sustainable footing to make sure we can maintain those vital services for you and your families.
We know some of these decisions won’t be popular, but we have to look at where we can save money so we can protect priority, lifesaving services for all.
Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge Clinical Commissioning Groups