Worcester News Article -18th September

NHS England is currently carrying out a consultation in response to proposals to look at items that should not be routinely prescribed by primary care. The consultation is open until the 21st October and responses can be made by via https://www.engage.england.nhs.uk/consultation/items-routinely-prescribed/.

The consultation has a full list of the products that are under consideration .The list includes Painkillers (analgesics) and medicines for fever (antipyretics) such as paracetamol and ibuprofen; Eczema creams and ointments: and Antiviral creams.

The consultation is quite complex and the National Association for Patient Participation is working with Healthwatch and Patient Participation Groups to ensure that the voice of  patients ,particularly those who have multiple long term conditions requiring multiple medication and patients on low incomes who may move to personal funding of some medications, are heard.

Healthwatch Worcestershire is still fully committed to the monitoring of the development and improvement of Acute Hospital Services within Worcestershire and is currently working closely with NHS Improvement on internal clinical quality assurance within all three trust sites including Worcestershire Royal, Kidderminster Hospital and Treatment Centre and the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch.

The latest Healthwatch Worcestershire Public Board Meeting was held on Friday 8th September at Sacred Heart Parish Hall in Droitwich. There was a good attendance from the general public and we reported back on current progress on the various projects we are currently undertaking .Details of all the remaining Public Board meetings for 2017 are available on the Healthwatch Worcestershire Website www.healthwatchworcestershire.co.uk .

Finally I was pleased to attend a National Health Conference last week  where I was able to ask the NHS Chief Executive questions about the importance of patient experience and voice within the NHS. He was very positive about Healthwatch and its continuing role.

If you require any further information on our work please contact us on 01386 550 264 or info@healthwatchworcestershire.co.uk

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