People in Manchester are being asked to give their views on the recommendations by NHS England to change how some medicines are routinely prescribed.
On average the NHS spends around £569 million a year on prescriptions for medicines that you can buy yourself from a pharmacy or supermarket without needing a prescription from a doctor. For example, pain killers like paracetamol.
NHS England, carried out a national consultation between December 2017 and March 2018 to find out whether people were happy to buy medicines themselves for some short-term illnesses instead of going to the doctor.

Following NHS England’s consultation they created new guidance to stop doctors giving prescriptions for medicines for 33 small illnesses, which are commonly referred to as minor ailments. These medicines are all readily available from community pharmacies and in many cases from supermarkets and other shops.  On average the NHS spends around £569 million a year on these treatments.
NHS England issued guidance following the consultation that is underpinned by the following principles:
  • Encouraging people to take care of themselves and their families;
  • Stopping the prescription of drugs which have limited clinical effectiveness;
  • Reducing the prescription of drugs available over the counter for the treatment of minor conditions such as coughs and colds.

Please complete this survey so that we can understand how these changes will effect Manchester's patients, public and local communities.

Outlined below is the detailed information about the conditions included in the consultation and the alternative medications available please read it before completing the survey:

NHS England recommendations on Over the Counter Medicines

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