MP raises constituents' concerns about new prescription
Kingston's Lib Dem MP,
Edward Davey, has written to the Chief Executive of
Kingston Primary Care Group asking him to monitor closely
pilot prescription issuing schemes currently being tested
at two local GP practices.
The pilot projects aim to reduce prescription drugs being
wasted by increasing the frequency of prescription
renewals, thereby minimising the number of unnecessary
drug treatments issued that patients fail to
Long term patients who previously have beenissued with
prescriptions lasting many months have complained to Mr
Davey that the new schemes have saddled them with
additional costs. For these patients, they still
receive the same drug treatments but are now faced with
more frequent prescription charges.
Commenting on his constituents' concerns, Edward Davey
scheme is introduced as it stands, on a Borough wide
basis, it could prove unnecessarily costly for a number
of unwell residents."
"Many will find it extremely difficult to meet the
additional costs generated through the issuing of more
frequent prescriptions and for long term patients this
protocol is simply unnecessary."
"It is even conceivable that if the protocol is over
zealously implemented, drug wastage may be reduced but at
the same time the cost of these treatments to Kingston
Primary Care Group will actually rise."
"However, knowing what a good listener the local
Primary Care Group is proving to be, I am hopeful that
the prescribing sub-committee will address my concerns
prior to this protocol being introduced in GPs' practices
across the Borough."
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