NHS moves to restrict prescriptions on low priority items

NHS England has announced its intention to save money by cutting prescriptions of what it calls “low priority items”. Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England says:

“The NHS is one of the most efficient health services in the world but, as part of the long term plan for the NHS, we’re determined to make taxpayers’ money go further and drive savings back into frontline care. It is essential the NHS should not be paying for anything which has been proven to be ineffective or where there are safer or cheaper alternatives.”

The items under consideration at this stage are:

  • Silk garments
  • Aliskiren – used to treat blood pressure
  • Amiodarone – used to treat abnormal heart rhythms
  • Bath and shower emollient preparations
  • Dronedarone – used to treat atrial fibrillation
  • Minocycline – used to treat acne
  • Blood glucose testing strips for type 2 diabetes
  • Needles for Pre-Filled and Reusable Insulin Pens for diabetes

A consultation is open from 28 November 2018 to 28 February 2019 to allow members of the public to give their views on the proposals.

View the consultation here.

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Published on 30. November 2018 in News, News UK