The National Health Service (NHS) has launched a consultation on proposed changes to how some medicines are prescribed.

The NHS wants to change the guidance it has for Clinical Commissioning Groups around prescribing medicine for minor illnesses.

They propose that, for 33 illnesses that can be easily treated at home, they should stop prescribing the medicine. Instead, the patient should buy these over the counter at the pharmacy or supermarket and look after themselves at home. This would reduce the amount of money the NHS spends on prescriptions. The NHS could use the money for other things, like cancer treatment or nurses.

For more information in easy read format, please click on the link below.

NHS consultation easy read (opens a PDF document)

To have your say in this consultation, please click on the link below.

NHS consultation (opens a page on an external website)