Derbyshire has a total of 118 GP practices and in 2016/17 the four Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) that cover Derbyshire paid out over £150 million on GP practice prescriptions. Some of this money is used to prescribe treatments and medicines where there is no clinical need for treatment and to provide products where there is insufficient evidence of benefit or cost effectiveness.
To ensure that the prescribing budget is used in the best possible way, North Derbyshire, Erewash, Hardwick and Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Groups sought the views of the public and health and social care professionals on a number of proposed changes to prescriptions and medicines.
The consultation feedback report is available here
Following the conclusion of the public consultation, the consultation feedback report was submitted to the four Governing Bodies of the CCGs for discussion and a decision. These took place in November and December 2017 and their individual decisions all supported the introduction of a self-care policy for Derbyshire which will mean the prescribing of medicines and products that are available over-the-counter from pharmacies and shops such as supermarkets to treat short term, minor self-limiting conditions will now cease. You can read more about this here.