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East Lancashire Self Care Prescribing – Survey Extension

NHS East Lancashire CCG is extending their survey on self-care prescribing until the end of July.

NHS East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) continuously reviews the services it commissions or “buys” to ensure that the local health budget is spent as effectively as possible. The self-care prescribing survey is asking for people’s views on the prescribing of medicines for minor conditions, such as paracetamol, and then the CCG can consider whether to stop prescriptions for these medicines, many of which are readily available in pharmacies and supermarkets at a low cost. This will not affect those people who need prescription medication for long term conditions.

The CCG currently spends approximately £625,000 each quarter (every three months) on prescriptions to treat common conditions. This amounts to about £2.5 million, each year. It is estimated that nearly 40% of these prescriptions are an unnecessary cost to the NHS locally. This amounts to approximately £1million of NHS funds, spent unnecessarily each year on commonly available medication that doesn’t need a prescription.

If you are a resident of East Lancashire (i.e. residents in Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, Ribblesdale and Rossendale) or are registered with a GP in the borough, we would welcome your views on this matter. The survey is available online at: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ELselfcare

To obtain a paper questionnaire or simply let the CCG know what you think you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 01282 644627.

The survey will close at midnight on Monday 31 July.