Prescription changes will help the NHS | Letters

The news that the NHS is to remove certain medications from its list of prescribed items (Report, 28 March) may come as a shock to some, but for anyone working in healthcare the step is an obvious one, which may act as a much-needed pressure release valve.

According to government data, each 11.7 minute trip to the GP costs the NHS £45; add to that the cost of prescribing (£3.83 per item) and we are nearing £50. Now compare that with the price of purchasing one of the items listed, directly from a pharmacy, eg Omega 3 capsules (you can get 30 for £6.65). It doesn’t take a genius to see why the NHS is struggling to cope.

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