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GPs come under pressure to stop prescribing over-the-counter drugs


When you are in crisis - it is very easy to blame anyone who you perceive to be the enemy for everything - whether that is the CCG, GPC, RCGP or LMCs. This prevents you from being objective about an issue. This is not about putting a gun to anyone's head and telling them they must not prescribe x y or z. Of course this decision always lies with the prescriber. But this is about changing the culture to reduce entitlement and enhance self-care. Surely this is what we want as GPs? It is much easier to have a practice policy for something than for an individual GP to act as an island. Similarly, it is easier for practices to embrace a policy if the CCGs facilitate it. Going one step further - it will be better still for the policy to go national then ALL CCGs could embrace it. Partners - you run a business. A business which is creaking at the seams. You cannot run this business if the highly skilled and depleted workforce is seeing nothing but coughs and colds because the public can't be bothered to buy a 20p box of paracetamol. If enough of us embed this culture, it will soon become national policy. And it is not at all helpful for the GPC to accuse those of us who try to empower patients in self-care to be in breach of contract.

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14 Jul 2016

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