Extracts from GP Online Article re West Lancs CCG ban on prescribing OTC and low clinical value drugs etc. from September 4, 2017.
GPC clinical and prescribing policy lead Dr Andrew Green has condemned the move, warning that CCGs do not have the power to ban GPs prescribing medicines that patients need.
If faced with upsetting their CCG or complying with GMS requirements GPs ‘should upset their CCG every time’, he told GPonline.
The GPC has warned that GPs would be in breach of the GMS contract and could get into legal trouble by following the orders and refusing to prescribe patients treatments they have told them they need.