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calendar   Thursday - April 09, 2015

NHS Still Wasting Millions

UK’S NHS: No Cancer Treatment, No Cataract Surgery For You

But Here’s A Prescription For Toothpaste And Another For Handcream

£13million NHS bill for suncream: Millions also wasted on prescriptions for toothpaste, Yakult and Calpol

NHS gave out 404,500 prescriptions for suncream at a cost of £13m in 2014
Also handed out 4.7million prescriptions for indigestion pills costing £29m
Other items routinely prescribed include vitamins, Vaseline and toothpaste
Critics branded prescriptions ‘ludicrous’ at time of financial crisis for NHS

The NHS is spending millions on prescriptions for suncream and toothpaste, a damning analysis has found.

Some patients are even being given hangover tablets and Yakult yogurt drinks. Critics said it was ‘ludicrous’ that such items were being handed out when the NHS was rationing routine treatments.

It has prompted concern that patients are abusing the system by demanding prescriptions for household essentials which are cheaply available at their local chemist.

The figures came on the day that Britain was ranked only 27th in the world for health and wellness – below Slovenia, Spain and Portugal – and 111th out of 133 countries for obesity.

In 2014, the NHS handed out 404,500 prescriptions for suncream at a cost of £13million. Another 4.7million prescriptions for indigestion pills cost £29million, while 1.4million were written out for multi-vitamins, at £4.2million.

Other bathroom cabinet items routinely being prescribed by GPs include Calpol, Vaseline, Strepsils and toothpaste, according to the Health and Social Care Information Centre.

Roger Goss of Patient Concern said: ‘This is ludicrous. Every week we hear of patients being denied another cancer treatment or refused cataracts while others are being prescribed toothpaste. Whoever is prescribing this or authorising it must have completely lost their mind.’

I think government jobsworths are the same everywhere. The rat pushes the button and gets his cheese. The rat pushes the button and gets his cheese. The rat pushes his button and gets his cheese.  And that’s all he can do. 


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