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Consultation on prescription cuts proposals

There will be opportunities to ask questions in Boston about proposals to restrict the prescribing of over-the-counter minor ailment medicines used for short-term, self-limiting conditions, the prescription of gluten-free products, baby milk (including specialist infant formula) and oral nutritional supplements.

These will still be available for some patients on clinical assessment.

The consultation event will be held at Parkside Medical Centre in Boston from 10am to noon on Thursday, November 17.

You can give your views online at  http://lincolnshireeastccg.nhs.uk/index.php/get-involved/current-surveys-and-consultations where you will be able to read about these proposals and complete a short survey. The consultation end on Friday, November 18.

Lincolnshire's four clinical commissioning groups have a big financial challenge to meet in the short term. Whilst the NHS budget has increased, demand for health care has increased faster. Currently the spend is £38 million more than the existing budget. The CCGs think the money we spend on items that are readily available over the counter might be better spent on treatments, staff and essential services that patients cannot get in any other way for the greatest benefit of patients.