Blackburn with Darwen CCG survey in regards to ceasing prescriptions for minor ailments Blackburn with Darwen CCG Self-Care Consultation NHS Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commissioning Group continuously reviews the services it commissions or “buys” to ensure that the local health budget is spent as effectively as possible, whilst minimising waste and promoting self-care. The CCG is proposing to stop prescribing treatments and medicines for short-term, minor conditions or where there is insufficient evidence that they improve symptoms or where they aren't value for money. Many of these medicines are now widely available over the counter (in pharmacies or shops) at a low cost price or cheaper than an NHS prescription. Many are prescribed for conditions that have no clinical need of treatment. The CCG wants to encourage people to "self-care" - which means that people take more responsbility for their own health and wellbeing where they can. For instance pharmacies are a good source of advice and support and can release GP time to treat people with more serious conditions. The CCG wants its limited medicines budget to be used for the treatment of more serious conditions. It currently spends £663,042 a year on prescriptions for items that are available over the counter for self-care and wants your views on its proposals to these prescriptions in the future. 1. Please state whether you agree with the proposal to stop prescribing the 'over the counter' treatments and medicines including those listed below. Simple pain killers Yes No Unsure Antihistamine tablets, sprays, capsules and liquids Yes No Unsure Vitamins, minerals and health supplements Yes No Unsure Toothpastes, mouthwashes and mouth gels Yes No Unsure Sore throat and mouth ulcer products Yes No Unsure Nasal decongestant sprays, tablets and capsules Yes No Unsure Sun protection creams, lotions and sprays Yes No Unsure Warts, verruca, athletes foot, and anti-fungal treatments Yes No Unsure Antiperspirants Yes No Unsure Cosmetic moisturisers and emollients Yes No Unsure Cough syrups, linctus and mixtures Yes No Unsure Ear wax removers Yes No Unsure Head lice treatment Yes No Unsure Diarrhoea treatment Yes No Unsure Indigestion and heartburn treatment Yes No Unsure Shampoo and cradle cap treatment Yes No Unsure 2. Please add any comments about these proposals here. 3. Do you currently pay for prescriptions? Yes No 4. If you answered no, why are you exempt? It is important that we reach and listen to the views of as many people in Blackburn with Darwen as possible during the consultation. To help us ensure that our consultation is fair and doesn't leave anyone out, please take time to answer the questions below. We won't share your information with anyone else and will only use it to help us make decisions and improve services. If you would rather not answer these questions you don't have to. Thank you. 5. If you are a representative of a group/organisation with an interest in these proposals, please provide details below 6. Are you registered with a GP in Blackburn with Darwen? Yes No 7. What is the first part of your postcode? (e.g. BB1) 8. What is your age? 17 years or younger 18 - 30 years 31 - 50 years 51 - 64 years 65 or older 9. What is your gender? Male Female Other (please specify) Prefer not to say 10. Is your gender identity the same as the one on your original birth certificate? Yes No Prefer not to say 11. How would you describe your sexual orientation? Heterosexual Gay male Lesbian / gay female Bisexual Other (please specify) Prefer not to say 12. If you consider yourself to have a disability, please specify nature of disability Learning disability Long term mental health condition Physical impairment (mobility) Blind / sight impairment Deaf / hearing impairment 13. If you consider yourself to have a long term condition, please specify nature of your condition Heart condition Diabetes COPD Chronic Kidney Disease Cancer Coeliac Disease Other If other, please specify 14. What is your religious belief? Agnosticism / atheism / no religion Buddhism Christianity Hinduism Humanism Islam Judaism Sikhism Prefer not to say 15. What is your ethnicity? Asian or Asian British - Bangladeshi Asian or Asian British - Indian Asian or Asian British - Pakistani Other Asian background Black or Black British - African Black or Black British - Caribbean Other Black background Chinese Mixed heritage - White and Asian Mixed heritage - White and Black African Mixed heritage - White and Black Caribbean Other mixed heritage background White - British White - Irish White - other Gypsy / Roma / Traveller Other ethnicity Prefer not to say 16. What is your employment status? Employed Unemployed Retired Student 17. Are you a carer? Yes No 18. Are you a member of Blackburn with Darwen Citizen Panel? Yes No 19. If not, would you like to join? Being a member means you can help us shape the future of health services for the people in Blackburn with Darwen. Yes No Maybe, please send more information 20. 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