Low Priority and Gluten Free Prescribing

Low Priority and Gluten Free Prescribing

Please note that this public consultation concluded on Friday 24 March 2017

NHS WEST Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is proposing to make changes in relation to an area called ‘low priority prescribing’, in line with many other NHS organisations in Lancashire and nationally.
What this means for residents, is that the CCG proposes to stop the funding of certain types of medicines or treatments that are readily available ‘over the counter’ in pharmacies or on the shelves in shops and supermarkets.

The types of medicines and treatments that fall into this category include:

  • Treatments for minor ailments, including medicines like paracetamol, ibuprofen, head lice lotion and indigestion tablets
  • Treatments where there is little evidence that they have a real clinical benefit, including cough syrups, nasal congestion sprays, sore throat products and vitamin supplements
  • Products that do not require clinical treatment, such as bath/shower products incl. shampoos for dandruff and mild acne creams
  • Gluten free products

A suite of materials are available to support this consultation and are available below:

Why is this happening?

As a local clinical commissioning group, we have a responsibility to our population to use public resources in an efficient way, that is ‘value for money’ for the tax payer, and it is expected that the local NHS will be able to save around £460,000 a year by making these proposed changes.

This money could instead be used to pay for…

  • 496 cateract operations
  • 89 hip replacements
  • 12,777 GP appointments

Low Priority and Gluten Free Prescribing in the press

The Mail Online – 13 February 2017

The Champion – 14 February 2017

Skem News – 2 March 2017

The Champion – 7 March 2017

How can I give my feedback on this proposed plan to stop prescribing low priority and gluten free prescribing?

We highly value feedback from patients, the public, carers, GPs and pharmacists. If you would like to comment on this proposed plan to stop prescribing low priority and gluten free prescribing, please complete our feedback survey, which can be found here: http://po.st/LowGluten (please note, this survey closed to responses on Friday 24 March 2017).

If you require a paper copy of this survey, please contact the CCG by…

Email: myview@westlancashireccg.nhs.uk

Telephone: 01695 588 203

Post: NHS West Lancashire CCG, Hilldale, Wigan Road, Ormskirk, Lancashire, L39 2JW

In Person: 

  • Tuesday 7 March 2017, 5.30pm – 7.30pm, Chapel Gallery, St Helen’s Road, Ormskirk, L39 4QR


  • Thursday 16 March 2017, 10am – 12pm JMO Sports Park, Blaguegate Playing Fields, Liverpool Road, Skelmersdale, WN8 8BX.

Last updated on 29 September 2021 at 06:47 by Meg Pugh