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NHS England to save £200m on 17 'ineffective' procedures including tonsillectomy

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All this is not going to help. The one thing that will help is a 5-10 p charge on every medicine issued. We continue to have requests from Pharmacies for medication which has not been ordered by patients. Some of these have been stopped years ago, some were changed by hospitals and some are actually contraindicated or patients had had adverse effects. Pharmacies are paid per script and some of them emply apprentices for 3.50 an hour who just tick every med on the patient's history. When patients get these, the sensible one don't take them or question them. The still wiser, get in touch with the GP and highlight the mishap. Majority, however, just dump them along with a 100 other specifics already gathering dust in the cupboards. This majority is of those who get free meds due to one or other entitlement. The moment the penny charge comes into play, this majority will be galvanized into protesting against issue of unwanted meds because their pockets will be fingered. A token charge on scripts will provide more oxygen for the NHS than the 5p has begun to provide for our waters. Rest is futile exercise, so let the govt make some bold decisions. The only safeguard we need is that the next governments will not try to use this charge as a cash cow and keep upping it till patients can't afford medication.

Posted date

02 Jul 2018

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