Each year the NHS spends:
£4.5 million on prescriptions for dandruff shampoos –
enough to fund a further 4,700 cataract operations or
1,200 hip replacements every year
£7.5 million on prescriptions for indigestion and
heartburn – enough to fund nearly 300 community
£5.5 million on prescriptions for mouth ulcers –
enough to fund around 1,500 hip replacements
All of these items can be purchased at the local pharmacy. If patients were to self-care for these three conditions alone, it would save the NHS £17.5 million allowing funds to be diverted to other areas.
(NB if you are entitled to free prescriptions, these items can be obtained for FREE from the pharmacy under the Minor Ailments scheme)
Please help the NHS use its funding efficiently by not expecting a prescription for these conditions.