569 million reasons…

Last year the NHS spent approximately £569 million on prescriptions for medicines for minor conditions, which could have been bought over the counter from a pharmacy, petrol station or supermarket.

Every £1 million saved on prescriptions for over the counter treatments could pay for:

  • 39 more community nurses;
  • 270 more hip replacements;
  • 66 more drug treatment courses for breast cancer;
  • 1000 more drug treatment courses for Alzheimer’s;
  • 1040 more cataract operations; or
  • 60,000 more GP appointments (excluding admin and practice staff time)

You may find that your doctor or healthcare professional will no longer give you a prescription for a medicine that you can buy over the counter for a minor condition. If you need help to take care of yourself or someone else who uses these medicines, please speak to your GP Practice.

We want to know what you think about buying over the counter medications for minor illnesses, (a condition which will heal itself without treatment, within a few days).  Your views are really important to us and will help us decide how we plan to implement these changes across Doncaster.

Please take a few minutes and complete our short survey here.

If you would like to receive this information in a different format please contact us. You can also tell us what you think and telephone us to feedback your views on (01302) 366300.

We will be visiting GP Practices to talk to patients and find out their views. If you would like to be involved, please let us know.

We are also using our social media to publicise the campaign. Please follow @569millionreas1 and our Twitter account: @doncasterccg

The survey will close on 23 November 2018.

Latest update: You can read the report from the public consultation here.