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Changes agreed to NHS services and treatment funded locally


Yesterday,the CCG governing bodies for Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge agreed to stop funding or restrict access to a number of treatments, medicines and procedures as they look to make further savings for the local NHS.

The decisions come after an eight week public consultation, ‘Spending NHS money wisely 2’ that looked at saving the NHS around £3.75 million. Over 760 responses were received.  

The governing bodies agreed to stop prescribing over the counter sleeping tablets, sunscreens, anti-malarial medicines and certain “non-essential” procedures, as well as restricting who is eligible for cataract surgery and podiatry.

A full breakdown of the proposals and what treatments, medicines and procedures will no longer be funded is now available on the CCG websites: 




BHR CCGs will begin to introduce these changes from Monday 1 January 2018.

Healthwatch Barking and Dagenham would like to hear from people if they find that they are impacted by the decisions. Please email info@healthwatchbarkinganddagenham.co.uk 


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