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C+D's big debate: How will prescription cuts affect you?

C+D's big debate: How will prescription cuts affect you?

The news in March that NHS England was considering slashing 10 items and services from prescriptions in order to save money instantly prompted debate among C+D readers. The items, which ranged from gluten-free food to travel vaccines (see full list below), were suggested by NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC) – an independent clinical commissioning group (CCG) representative body – which estimated they could save the NHS £128 million per year.

While some pharmacists welcomed the news – one C+D reader said people need to realise the NHS is in “dire straits” – others voiced their concern about how this could affect health inequalities, particularly surrounding gluten-free prescriptions. Dorset contractor Mike Hewitson even wrote a C+D comment piece arguing that the proposals

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