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NHS England plans to cut indigestion, eye drops and dandruff prescriptions

NHS England is proposing to cut free prescriptions for over-the-counter remedies such as dandruff shampoo, eye drops and indigestion tablets in an effort to make up a shortfall in its funding.

The plans, which have alarmed the Patients Association, will explore restricting prescriptions for a number of mild ailments.

Promoting the idea, NHS England revealed that it currently spends £4.5m a year on dandruff shampoos – a sum that would fund 1,200 hip replacements.

Other readily available items such as cough mixtures, laxatives and sun creams will also be reined in, it said.

NHS England said the changes could cut costs by £136m and make money available to help with the treatment of more serious conditions.

Read more in The Guardian.

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