City and Hackney residents and patients are being encouraged to have their say on proposals to reduce the prescribing of eight products.
The consultation has been launched by NHS England (NHSE) in partnership with NHS Clinical Commissioners, a national organisation of Clinical Commissioning Groups responsible for buying healthcare services, to help local CCGs use the same approach when prescribing medicines and products when there are more cost effective alternatives or where the products do work reasonably well, but are considered low priority for NHS use.
The products are:
- Silk garments – used for eczema and dermatitis
- Aliskiren – used to treat blood pressure
- Amiodarone – used to treat abnormal heart rhythms
- Bath and shower emollient preparations
- Dronedarone – used to treat the heart condition atrial fibrillation
- Minocycline – used to treat acne
- Blood glucose testing strips for type 2 diabetes
- Needles for Pre-Filled and Reusable Insulin Pens for diabetes
Dr Haren Patel, a local GP and GP Lead for Prescribing at City and Hackney CCG, said, “I would like to encourage all City and Hackney residents and patients to respond to this important national consultation, that is likely to affect the future availability of certain prescribed products on the NHS. Please review all parts of the consultation as NHS England have suggested different proposals for each of the eight products including changes to make some prescribing safer, as well as prescribing more effective alternatives. Your NHS needs your input to shape its work.”
For more information on the consultation visit the consultation website which includes frequently asked questions. The national consultation is open until 28 February.
NHS City & Hackney CCG is keen to hear views from local residents and patients about the national proposals, you can:
You can submit a response to the national consultation without sharing your feedback with the CCG.
There is also a number of events and online meetings to provide further information and to seek views on the proposals.
Please follow the links below to book a place.
- Face-to-face event: Tues 5 February (2.30 – 4.30pm – London)
- Webinars (online meeting): Thurs 14 February (1 – 2pm)