News and stories Give your views Consultation on proposals intended to encourage people to self-care for minor self-treatable and/or self-limiting conditions Conditions for which over the counter items should not routinely be prescribed in primary care: A consultation on guidance for CCGs NHS England has launched a public consultation on reducing prescribing of over-the-counter medicines for 33 minor, short-term health concerns. In the year prior to June 2017, the NHS spent approximately £569 million on prescriptions for medicines which can be purchased over the counter from a pharmacy and other outlets such as supermarkets. Some over the counter products currently prescribed are quickly and easily available in community pharmacies where the public can also ask for an NHS consultation with a pharmacist if they are unsure about what treatment they need for minor conditions. Find out more and take part in the consultation. Full documentation here: https://www.engage.england.nhs.uk/consultation/over-the-counter-items-not-routinely-prescribed/user_uploads/otc-guidance-2.pdf NHS Southampton City CCG is a consultee and, to help form its response to NHS England, is seeking the views of local people. Please complete the short survey here:https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/soccg_prescribinginprimarycare18.