Medical Treatments: Prescription Drugs:Written question - 110620

Asked by Steve McCabe
(Birmingham, Selly Oak)

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Asked on: 31 October 2017
Department of Health
Medical Treatments: Prescription Drugs
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the proposals contained in the NHS England consultation entitled, Items which should not be routinely prescribed in primary care: A Consultation on guidance of CCGs, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of those proposals on access to medications for (a) children, (b) older people and (c) other vulnerable people.
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 03 November 2017

NHS England’s consultation on draft guidance for clinical commissioning groups on a range of items that should not routinely be prescribed in primary care ended on 21 October. The draft guidance seeks to ensure that the National Health Service is able to secure best value from its use of medicines and therefore focuses on areas of prescribing that have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 A full Equality Impact Assessment was published alongside the draft guidance and a further Assessment will be published when final guidance is produced.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.

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