The NHS in Tory Britain: 36 illnesses GPs will ‘no longer be allowed’ to treat

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“That’s the standard technique of privatization: defund, make sure things don’t work, people get angry, you hand it over to private capital.” Noam Chomsky

“Funding changes mean GPs will no longer be allowed to prescribe medications to treat some minor ailments.” – Nursing Notes

NHS England has published guidance to free up to almost £100 million:

  1. Acute sore throats.
  2. Cold sores.
  3. Conjunctivitis.
  4. Coughs and colds.
  5. Nasal congestion.
  6. Cradle cap (seborrhoeic dermatitis).
  7. Haemorrhoids.
  8. Infant colic.
  9. Mild cystitis.
  10. Mild irritant dermatitis.
  11. Dandruff.
  12. Infrequent diarrhoea or constipation.
  13. Dry or sore eyes.
  14. Earwax.
  15. Excessive sweating (Hyperhidrosis).
  16. Head lice.
  17. Indigestion.
  18. Heartburn.
  19. Infrequent migraines.
  20. Insect bites and stings.
  21. Mild acne and/or dry skin.
  22. Sunburn or the need for sun protection.
  23. Mild to moderate hay fever.
  24. Seasonal rhinitis.
  25. Minor burns and scalds.
  26. Mild pain, discomfort and/fever (e.g. aches and sprains, headache, period pain, back pain).
  27. Mouth ulcers.
  28. Nappy rash.
  29. Oral thrush.
  30. Prevention of dental caries.
  31. Athletes foot
  32. Teething.
  33. Toothache.
  34. Ringworm or threadworm.
  35. Travel sickness
  36. Warts or verrucas.

Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England, said: “Across the NHS our aim is to: ‘Think like a patient, act like a taxpayer’. The NHS is probably the most efficient health service in the world, but we’re determined to keep pushing further. Every pound we save from cutting waste is another pound we can then invest in better A&E care, new cancer treatments and much better mental health services.”

John O’Connell, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “It’s great news that NHS England will save a vast amount of taxpayers’ money by curbing prescriptions for basic items that are much cheaper to buy in the supermarket than they are to prescribe. Taxpayers should not be footing the bill for items like anti dandruff shampoo or athlete’s foot powder, so cutting out wasteful spending like this will mean that precious resources can be focused on frontline services. Patients too must remember that these items are not “free” – the money comes out of taxpayers’ pockets, so NHS England should be applauded for this move.”