Cash-strapped bossed have banned GPs in parts of the country for writing prescriptions for medicine that can be bought in a pharmacy.
GPs should ignore bans on prescribing over the counter drugs if they believe it will put patients’ safety at risk, the doctors’ regulator says.
Cash-strapped bosses have banned medics in some areas of the country from writing prescriptions for medicine that can be bought in a pharmacy.
It includes paracetamol, hay fever remedies and indigestion tablets.
Local commissioners imposed the restrictions without waiting for the result of an NHS England consultation on the matter, which ends in October.
The policy is expected to save the NHS up to £100million a year if implemented nationwide.
The British Medical Association has warned GPs could be vulnerable to complaints if they refuse to prescribe treatments that patients need – even if they are available without a prescription.