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Your spotlight on local services

Spending NHS money wisely


The NHS is facing a challenging time. There is rising local demand for NHS services and the cost and availability of treatments continues to increase, which means it is all the more essential that we spend our limited resources in the most effective way. 

BHR CCGs need to make £55 million of local savings in the 2017/18 financial year, and so they are looking at:

No longer funding:

  • Ear wax removal

  • Some injections for lower back pain - disc, facet joint and epidural

  • Osteopathy 

Restricting who is eligible for:

  • Cataract surgery

  • Podiatry 

No longer prescribing some over the counter medicines, including:

  • Anti-malarial medicine

  • Probiotic supplements

  • Sunscreens, etc.

To find out more, read: Spending NHS money wisely 2 consultation document or the easy read version

You can tell the CCG your views by completing this questionnaire.

All responses must be received by 5pm, 15 November 2017.


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Contact details

Healthwatch Barking and Dagenham
Lifeline House
25 Neville Road 
Dagenham, Essex RM8 3QS
Tel: 0800 298 5331