What We Can’t Do: Spending NHS Money Wisely

Changes to prescribing and other services

In order to protect funding our most essential Health services- things like cancer care, emergency care, life threatening conditions and mental health services-GP’s across Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge have made changes to prescribing and other NHS services.

The CCG has Stopped Doctors from Prescribing the Following on the NHS:

  • Over the Counter pain killers for short term problems such as Paracetamol, Ibuprofen, Co-codamol
  • Many other medicines which are available over the counter from your pharmacy
  • Gluten-free products
  • Medicines for dental conditions
  • Head lice and scabies medicines
  • Rubefacient creams and gels such as Deep Heat and Tiger Balm
  • Omega-3 and other fish oil supplements
  • Multivitamin supplements
  • Eye vitamin supplements
  • Colic remedies for babies
  • Cough and Cold Remedies
  • Soya-based formula milk
  • Antimalarials
  • Threadworm medicine
  • Over the counter Sleeping Tablets
  • Hay Fever medicine (for mild and moderate)
  • Travel Sickness medicine
  • Vitamin D maintainance
  • Probiotics
  • Bath oils, shower gels, shampoos
  • Creams for mild/moderate skin conditions
  • Sunscreens except cancer/specialist

Procedures the local NHS will no longer fund:

  • Face lift and  brow lift surgery 
  • Breast enlargement
  • Revising breast enlargement 
  • Hyperhidrosis surgery to reduce excessive sweating.
  • Trigger finger surgery 
  • Scrotum swellings  surgery 
  • Labiaplasty  
  • Ear wax removal microsuction
  • Spinal
    • disc injections
    • Facet joint injections
    • Epidural injections for spinal claudication
  • Osteopathy

Find further and the most up to date information HERE

Why are the CCG is doing this?

They say: “Like many areas across the country, we are faced with some difficult choices to protect essential health services. The care and treatment that we provide every day for patients is funded by tax payers money. Thats why we have a duty to spend it wisely, to make sure we get the best value we possibly can for every penny- especially when NHS funding is being severely squeezed and we are seeing more patients with more complex health issues than ever before.
To protect essential services in our area we have to make savings of £55 million and we must look at further reducing spending now.
Local clinical commissioning groups(CCGS) recently held an eight week public consultation talking about some of the things we thought we could save money on.”
Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge Clincial Commissioning Groups

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