0 Have your say The NHS has banned free prescriptions for some ‘over the counter’ medicines such as constipation and athletes foot starting from this summer. NHS England is hoping to free up almost £100 million for frontline care each year by bringing in the changes.The NHS – including services in Portsmouth – will no longer be funding medicines such as cold treatments, paracetamol, probiotics, cough mixture, eye drops and laxatives.However, the rule changes will not affect the prescribing of over the counter items for ‘longer term or more complex conditions’, NHS officials have confirmed.Read more: Portsmouth optician explains why tap water could make contact lens wearers blindNHS England has said that curbing these routine prescriptions for minor conditions, many of which will cure themselves, will free up vital funds.The NHS announced the move at the end of the March and the new guidance to GPs across the country began from May.Read more: The most popular baby names of 2017 – did your name make the cut?NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens said: ‘Across the NHS our aim is to: “Think like a patient, act like a taxpayer”.‘The NHS is probably the most efficient health service in the world, but we’re determined… Read full this story
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