Proposed changes to NHS prescriptions in Bromley

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:

  • How much you agree or disagree with our proposal to:
    • Stop supporting the routine prescribing of self-care medicines for conditions that get better with time?
    • Reduce the time that GPs spend treating people who could manage their own minor ailments and injuries?
  • Any specific concerns you have about our proposals?
  • How we can promote self-care and support people to help them better manage minor illnesses?
  • Is there anything else that you think we have not considered?

Please share your views by reading our proposals and completing our short survey 


  • Email us at
  • Write to us or send a copy of the paper survey to FREEPOST, COMMUNICATIONS AND ENGAGEMENT TEAM.  No stamp needed.
  • Discuss at your practice’s Patient Participation Group meeting in your GP practice and send your views into us.
  • Come along to our Annual General Meeting on 27 September 2017 from 5.30pm at the Bromley Central Library and speak to one of our team.
  • Invite us to come and speak to members of your community group.  
  • Phone us on 01689 866544

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.

  • Summary:

    We are seeking your views on our proposals to make some changes to prescribing guidance around over-the-counter medicines in Bromley

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