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.
National Voices submitted written evidence to the Health and Social Care Select Committee inquiry on Integrated care: organisations, partnerships and systems.
We have since submitted oral evidence to the committee. Watch the meeting here - our session begins at 16:47.
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.
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.
National Voices and members contribute to the APPG on Primary Care and Public Health's 'Inquiry into managing demand in primary care: the case for a National Strategy'
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) reviewed their approach to how lay people can take part in developing their guidance and standards.
National Voices submitted to the consultation, commenting on NICE's proposals. The proposals were:
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:
National Voices members told the NHS Future Forum in 2011, during the ‘pause’ in the Health and Social Care Bill, that we wanted a ‘new deal for people with long term conditions’ based on getting the right care in the right place at the right time.
We stated that patients and service users should be supported to: