Consultation responses

Consultation responses: Over-the-counter medicines

National Voices has responded to NHS England's consultation on guidance to Clinical Commission Groups on items which are available over-the-counter and they believe should not routinely be prescribed in primary care. This follows National Voices’ published position statement of 21 July 2017; submission to the NHS England consultation titled “Items which should not be routinely prescribed in primary care” in October 2017; and published letter to the Chief Executive of NHS England dated 24 November 2017.

Consultation response: 'Items which should not be routinely prescribed in primary care'

This submission is in response to the NHS consultation on “Items which should not be routinely prescribed in primary care”. The consultations seeks views on a proposal to restrict primary care professionals (such as GPs) from prescribing 18 specific treatments used for a range of conditions. The consultation also asks for initial thoughts on plans to restrict primary care professionals from prescribing treatments which could otherwise be purchased over the counter without a prescription.

Life Sciences Strategy and implementing the Accelerated Access Review


On Friday 17 March 2017, National Voices convened a meeting of patient advocacy groups involved in the development of the Accelerated Access Review, and/or with an interest in its implementation.

At that meeting it was agreed that National Voices would coordinate a joint paper to the Office for Life Sciences  summarising key themes for the implementation of the Accelerated Access Review and the forthcoming Life Sciences Strategy.

Submission to the Department of Health: Strengthening the NHS Constitution

On the whole, National Voices welcomes the proposed amendments to the content of the NHS Constitution.

However, there are a number of ways that the amendments could be strengthening further, to provide greater clarity in relation to key agendas upon which the Government has already expressed its support at policy level.

We are calling for:


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