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Medicines management: What can I do to help reduce overprescribing in the NHS?

Shrewd and informed prescribing can contribute to the survival of the health service
Overprescribing

Shrewd and informed prescribing can contribute to the survival of the health service

The exact amount spent on medication in the NHS can be difficult to pin down, but a report from the King’s Fund shows that funding levels are not keeping pace with NHS spending on medicines.

The report, published in April 2018, reveals that the estimated total NHS spending on medicines in England has risen from £13 billion in 2010-11 to £17.4 billion in 2016-17 – an average growth of about 5% per year.

Considering the NHS budget growth has been about 1% per year in recent

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