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Campaign against unnecessary prescriptions saves £500,000 for NHS in Hertfordshire

A clampdown on prescription medicines which can also be bought over the counter has saved the NHS £500,000 in Bishop's Stortford and the rest of Hertfordshire.

In 2017, the East and North Herts NHS and Herts Valleys clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) ran a consultation called 'Let's Talk' which asked for views on a proposal to limit the issue of drugs from a pharmacy that are readily available elsewhere.

Dr Prag Moodley, East and North Herts CCG chair, said: "Because the NHS pays for the over-the-counter medication plus the cost of a GP consultation and the additional cost of dispensing the medicine, it costs the NHS much more money than it would cost someone to buy them from a shop or pharmacy.

GP Dr Prag Moodley is the new chair of East and North Hertfordshire CCG. (15095562)
GP Dr Prag Moodley is the new chair of East and North Hertfordshire CCG. (15095562)

"While the warm summer continues, people are doing more outdoor activities and going on sunny holidays. If you're buying medicines to treat hay fever or to stock up your travel medicine kits, then please remember that it's so much easier to buy these types of medicines over the counter rather than wait to book a GP appointment – and you're saving some money for the local NHS too.

"Your local pharmacy can give you the best advice on what to buy if you are unsure."

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