NHS England’s consultation on draft guidance for clinical commissioning groups on a range of items that should not routinely be prescribed in primary care ended on 21 October. The draft guidance seeks to ensure that the National Health Service is able to secure best value from its use of medicines and therefore focuses on areas of prescribing that have been found to be ineffective or where there are more cost effective alternatives. A full Equality Impact Assessment was published alongside the draft guidance and a further Assessment will be published when final guidance is produced.
We would not want to pre-empt any outcome following NHS England’s analysis of the responses it has received. However, we are assured that as part of issuing the final guidance, careful consideration will be given by NHS England to the responses to the consultation, both to ensure that particular groups of people are not disproportionately affected and that principles of best practice on clinical prescribing are adhered to.