News that NHS doctors will be banned from dishing out prescriptions for medications that can be bought over the counter for a fraction of the cost have been met with unanimous agreement by many Swindonian readers.


With the revelation that it costs the NHS £34 to prescribe a box of 32 paracetamol tablets, including dispensing and GP consultation fees which can be picked up from just 19p in local stores (box of 16) Carol Garrington commented ‘Good they only cost pennies in the supermarket and the NHS gets ripped off big time with them’

Below you will find the list of 37 ailments that will no longer be covered by prescription on the NHS saving around £100million each year.

It costs the NHS £34 to prescribe a box of 32 paracetamol tablets, including dispensing and GP consultation fees. They cost from just 19p in some stores!

Full list of conditions affected by NHS prescription crackdown:

  1. Probiotics
  2. Vitamins and minerals
  3. Acute sore throat
  4. Infrequent cold sores of the lip
  5. Conjunctivitis
  6. Coughs and colds and nasal congestion
  7. Cradle Cap (seborrhoeic dermatitis – infants)
  8. Haemorrhoids
  9. Infant colic
  10. Mild cystitis
  11. Mild irritant dermatitis
  12. Dandruff
  13. Diarrhoea (adults)
  14. Dry eyes/sore (tired) eyes
  15. Earwax
  16. Excessive sweating (Hyperhidrosis)
  17. Head lice
  18. Indigestion and heartburn
  19. Infrequent constipation
  20. Infrequent migraine
  21. Insect bites and stings
  22. Mild acne
  23. Mild dry skin
  24. Sunburn
  25. Sun protection
  26. Mild to moderate hay fever/seasonal rhinitis
  27. Minor burns and scalds
  28. Minor conditions associated with pain, discomfort and/fever. (e.g. aches and sprains, headache, period pain, back pain)
  29. Mouth ulcers
  30. Nappy rash
  31. Oral thrush
  32. Prevention of dental caries
  33. Ringworm/athletes foot
  34. Teething/mild toothache
  35. Threadworms
  36. Travel sickness
  37. Warts and verrucae

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