Dudley CCG Prescriptions and Medicines Consultation – New policy

Dudley CCG Prescriptions and Medicines Consultation – New policy from 1st August 2017.

Dudley CCG held a public consultation proposing to stop prescribing medicines for short-term, minor conditions or where there is no clear health benefit for patients.

They wanted to hear from local people as to whether they agreed with the proposals and to understand the impact of these proposals.


In Dudley we spend around £2 million per year on widely available, over the counter medicines, and GPs spend an average of £5,000 every single day seeing patients who have minor ailments that could be treated with remedies bought from a pharmacy, supermarket or shop.

The consultation ran from Wednesday 1st February 2017 to 26th April 2017.

The CCG received 332 public responses to the consultation survey, summary of results are as follows:

  • 7% of people who completed the survey live in Dudley Borough
  • 5% of people agreed with the proposal to stop prescribing the ‘over the counter’ treatments and medicines listed for short-term, minor ailments or where there is insufficient evidence of clinical benefit or cost effectiveness
  • The overall majority agreed with the individual items and remedies listed within the consultation list (see attached )

They also received 52 GP member responses to the consultation survey, summary of results are as follows:

  • 92% of GP members agreed with the proposal to stop prescribing the ‘over the counter’ treatments and medicines listed for short-term, minor ailments or where there is insufficient evidence of clinical benefit or cost effectiveness
  • The overall majority agreed with the individual items and remedies listed within the consultation list (see attached )

Since the consultation they have been considering the feedback. It has been to a number of CCG committees, including our Prescribing Committee. The feedback from the public and professionals has led to a number of insights, which have changed the proposed policy.

The staff at the CCG are grateful for everyone taking the time to give them feedback and are pleased that they now have a policy has local support, which will help them to use NHS resources effectively.

Changes to Medicine Prescribing

Changes to Medicine Prescribing Survey

Read more about these changes

View the full list of products no longer prescribed by your GP