Over the Counter Medicines

Closed 1 Apr 2019

Opened 4 Mar 2019


Stockport residents are being asked for their views on the recommendations by NHS England to change how some medicines are routinely prescribed.

Last year NHS England completed a national consultation that looked at 33 routinely prescribed treatments that have limited clinical value or for conditions which will eventually get better of their own accord.  On average the NHS spends around £569 million a year on these treatments.

NHS England issued guidance following the consultation that is underpinned by the following principles:

  • Encouraging people to take care of themselves and their families
  • Stopping the prescription of drugs which have limited clinical effectiveness
  • Reducing the prescription of drugs available over the counter for the treatment of minor conditions such as coughs and colds


Why We Are Consulting

NHS Stockport CCG wants the views of local patients, the public and other stakeholders on the NHS England recommendations before taking any further decision on whether to remove these products from routine prescriptions locally.

Please take the time to complete our survey so that we can make an informed decision based on the views of patients, public and local communities.


  • All Areas


  • Anyone from any background


  • Self Care
  • General Practice
  • Hospital Care
  • Pharmacy
  • Prescription Medication
  • Input into decision making
  • Priorities