Jul 21, 2017

NHS prescription cuts 'to hit low income families'

NHS plans to scrap prescriptions for common health problems have been criticised for hitting poorer families. NHS England said 18 treatments - such as homeopathy and some types of pain relief - cost the taxpayer £141m a year and generally should not be prescribed. NHS England launched a three-month consultation on the plans on Friday, arguing that millions could be saved by cutting out prescriptions for "Ineffective, over-priced and low value treatments". NHS England said it was also supportive of restricting the availability of gluten-free foods on prescription, which costs £26m a year. Simon Stevens, NHS England chief executive, said he was determined to "Root out" waste and inefficiency.

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