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Have your say on proposals for prescriptions and assisted conception treatment

Have your say
Residents are being invited to have their say on proposals to reduce the availability of certain items on prescription and restrict access to assisted conception treatment.
NHS Redditch and Bromsgrove, NHS South Worcestershire and NHS Wyre Forest Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) – who are responsible for buying healthcare services for Worcestershire residents – are seeking the views of patients before making any formal decisions later this year.
As part of the public engagement exercise which launches today (Wednesday 8 March) they are asking what people think about proposals to reduce or stop access to certain medicines, treatments, products and food items on prescription, specifically:
  • Treatments and medicines for short-term, minor conditions / ailments
  • Gluten-free foods
  • Baby milks and specialist infant formula
  • Oral nutrition supplements.

The three CCGs also want to know what people think about proposals to reduce access to assisted conception (including IVF).

Mari Gay, Interim Chief Operating Officer for the three Worcestershire CCGs, said: “We face a significant financial challenge and are continuing to look at ways we can transform services to reduce possible waste and inefficiency. However we must also consider whether to constrict access to some services in the future to protect others.

“While there’s clearly a need to make some changes to what we do, any decisions must also be based on a really good understanding of patient and service user priorities.”

The public engagement exercise will last for five weeks, ending on Wednesday 12 April 2017, with the results being discussed at the CCGs’ Governing Body Meetings in May and June later in the year. To find out how to have your say visit the ‘Get Involved’ section of any of the three Worcestershire CCG websites.


Notes to editors

The three CCGs in Worcestershire are responsible for buying (commissioning) most healthcare services for Worcestershire patients. They have a combined budget of more than £700 million to buy hospital services, mental health services, learning disability services, community services, GP services and medicines.

This exercise should be viewed in the context of the draft Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) which was published in November 2016. It is ‘owned’ by all local health and care organisations working across Herefordshire & Worcestershire, supported by Voluntary Sector representatives. It’s really early days and at this stage just sets out a direction of travel for the next four to five years. We are not consulting on the draft plan, instead through an initiative called ‘Your Conversation’ we’re having a very early discussion with local people about how this sounds.

There are some STP headline priorities, which are:
  • Doing more to prevent illness and encouraging people to live healthier lives
  • Encouraging people to self-care or self-manage more of the routine aspects of their conditions
  • Improving access to GP appointments
  • Improving our community services which care for people at home, including making better use of technology 
  • Changing role for Community Hospitals
  • Easier access to emergency / urgent care
  • Making our acute and specialist services more sustainable.

For more info visit www.yourconversationhw.nhs.uk

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