Care homes are reminded to take part in the NHS England consultation on prescribing restrictions for ‘over the counter medicines’.
The deadline for views is next Wednesday, 14 March. Take part via this link.
Mark Stone, a Devon pharmacist, has urged care home managers to have their say. He explains: “If the guidance remains unchanged, it will have a huge impact on older residents, particularly those who will find it difficult to access a pharmacy.
In the consultation, NHS England has identified 33 ‘minor’ conditions, that encompass 3,200 medicines and currently account for an estimated nine million prescription issues per year. The proposals will require patients suffering from conditions, including hayfever, to purchase a medicine privately from a pharmacy, rather than get it free on NHS prescription . Mr Stone says: “This is likely to cause a significant inequality of access to treatment for residents who will probably not be able to easily access a pharmacy. Some would consider this against the NHS’s founding principles: that the NHS provides a comprehensive service available to all.”
Look out for the May issue of Care Home Management, where readers will find more analysis on the NHS consultation, and what the proposed changes will mean to care home managers as the hayfever season gets underway.