Date: 31 July 2017
We are seeking your views on our proposals to make some changes to prescribing guidance around over-the-counter medicines in Bromley. Our engagement with local people starts on 31 July and ends on 8 October. On this page you can find our engagement leaflet and complete our online survey. You can also access an easy read version of the proposals here.
What are the proposed changes?
We are proposing to no longer support the routine prescribing of health supplements and self-care medications for short term minor illnesses and injuries that will get better over time.
Why we are proposing these changes?
To promote self-care of minor conditions
We want to help people lead longer, healthier and happier lives. Self-care is about avoiding becoming ill, treating common illnesses at home and seeking help when needed. It is also about managing any conditions you have in a way that puts you in control and improves your quality of life.
The medicines covered in this proposal can be purchased from your pharmacy or a supermarket. The NHS recommends everyone keeps a well-stocked medicine cabinet with self-care medicines.
To free up doctors' and nurses' time for those most in need
The proposals for over the counter medicines support our plans to promote self-care and the self-management of minor and short term conditions, and to reduce unnecessary demand on GP time, including out of hours services. This will free up clinical time for people who have more complex healthcare needs and who need more active support in managing their health.
To get the best value from the funding we have available
We have an older and growing population and demand for health services is increasing. We spend around £46 million on prescribing each year and believe we could save the local NHS up to £1million with these proposals.
Similar discussions are taking place in each borough within south east London, as well as in many other areas of the country.
Have your say
We are keen to hear from you if you live in Bromley, and/or are registered with a Bromley GP, especially if our proposals might affect you.
We would like to know:
When will we decide?
After our engagement process finishes, we will consider all the views we have heard. We expect to reach a decision about our proposals at our Governing Body meeting on 16 November 2017. This meeting takes place in public and you are welcome to attend to hear our discussions.
We are seeking your views on our proposals to make some changes to prescribing guidance around over-the-counter medicines in Bromley