Section 1 – prescriptions and medication

Last year the NHS spent approximately £569 million on prescriptions for medicines for minor conditions which could have been bought over the counter from a high street pharmacy or supermarket. To alleviate these costs and provide better services we are asking GPs and other healthcare professionals not to prescribe medicines for minor conditions that can be bought over the counter. To help us plan for this moving forward we need to know more about how you use medications so that we can review how we spend your money in the future, ensuring everyone can get the prescription medicines they need, when they need them.

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* 1. Were you aware that we are asking GPs and other healthcare professionals not to prescribe medicines for minor conditions?

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* 2. Did you pay for your last prescription?

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* 3. Could any of the items on your last prescription have been bought over the counter at a local pharmacy or supermarket?

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* 4. How much do you think each prescription costs the NHS/your GP practice?

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