NHS Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is calling out for local people to have their say on a proposal to reduce the prescribing of gluten-free foods, vitamin D for maintenance, baby milk and self-care medications.
Prescribing in Croydon eats up £42.8 million each year, 9% of the local £465 million health budget. The CCG was placed in special measures in July this year, and needs to save a further £5.7 million savings on top of existing plans to save £12.7 million this year. In total this is just under 4% of the CCG’s total commissioning budget of £475.4 million for 2016/17.
Croydon CCG could make savings of up to £600,000 each year by reducing the prescribing of:
and self-care medications
Some groups of people with particular conditions would be exempt from these changes, and the CCG states that the products they intend to stop prescribing are now widely-available at a reasonably low cost both online and in local shops. One of the questions the CCG is asking local people is to what extent the local NHS should prescribe items that can be bought more cheaply directly by the patient.
Croydon CCG is keen to hear from you. The engagement period will run from today, Friday 11 November 2016 to Friday 6 January 2017.