In 2017 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Kirklees stopped automatic repeat prescriptions in an attempt to cut down on medicines waste.
When we go out into the Kirklees community we have heard a couple of stories that we wanted to share.
Why did we cover this issue?
We agree that there is significant waste in medicines in Kirklees and are committed to help with this issue. But sometimes restricting access to repeat prescriptions has unintended consequences that we wanted to share with the NHS.
What is the impact?
The new rules impact on all of the 440,000 people in Kirklees. It especially impacts on people that GP’s might call “vulnerable” such as elderly people who are housebound.
We have shared our case studies with both Kirklees CCGs and are now waiting for their response.