An NHS governing physique will seek the advice of on the removing of 17 remedies from the list of what ought to routinely be prescribed by GPs. These remedies embrace head lice, the frequent chilly and sunburn, and the transfer comes as well being bosses say these situations can get higher on their very own or be handled by store-purchased drugs. But the plan, which has been put ahead by NHS Liverpool’s governing physique, has brought on uproar amongst councillors in Liverpool who say it represents weak spot within the well being service.
Councillors have stated it’s going to additionally depart the poorest individuals in Liverpool struggling to deal with sure medical situations.
Earlier this week, members of the council’s well being and grownup social care choice committee handed an emergency movement opposing NHS Liverpool’s transfer.
Committee member Paul Kenyon was reported to have been disgusted by the transfer and what the transfer might imply by the Liverpool Echo.
He stated: “This metropolis already has a excessive stage of deprivation and these modifications might depart individuals having to make a selection between head lice lotion and meals.
“This report seeks to privatise sure minor well being points.
“Conditions corresponding to head lice will solely be handled by individuals who can afford to achieve this and the poorest will be left to undergo. It is utterly unacceptable.”
I last resolution has but to be made, however well being bosses have famous GPs would nonetheless have discretion to 5 prescriptions if circumstances name for it.
The 17 situations that face being minimize function on an extended NHS England list printed final yr of situations native well being bosses might contemplate eradicating from GP prescription lists.
The prescriptions that face being minimize embrace:
- Acute Sore Throat
- Coughs and colds and nasal congestion
- Cradle Cap (besides the place inflicting misery or not bettering)
- Head Lice
- Infant Colic
- Infrequent Constipation
- Mild Cystitis
- Mild Dry Skin/Sunburn
- Minor burns and scalds
- Mouth ulcers
- Prevention of dental caries
- Sun Protection (besides ACBS permitted indication of photodermatoses)
- Vitamins and minerals (besides a medically identified deficiency,
- osteoporosis and malnutrition)
- Warts and Verrucae