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AB Editor | 09:59 Tue 28th Mar 2017 | Body & Soul
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What Should The NHS Be Able to Prescribe? (poll following on from this question)

  • Products available in shops shouldn't ever be available on the nhs - 77 votes
  • 57%
  • Cheap products available in shops (such as sunscreen and paracetomol) shouldn't be available on the nhs but expensive ones should - 49 votes
  • 36%
  • Any health products (including items such as gluten-free foods) should be available on the nhs - 10 votes
  • 7%

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jourdain, so far as I am aware, non essential (ie vanity led) plastic surgery is not performed on the NHS.
What about that girl, the Jordan wannabe, who got a boob job.
She got it because of her depression Ummmm
I have had sunblock on the NHS as my doctor was concerned that I was burning to easily.
Yeah yeah, Islay, except she wanted to be a glamour model and sold her life to the media. Depression my backside!
Lol Ummm apparently she was very very depressed
My cousins wife got a tummy tuck on the NHS after her 3rd child. She was also very very depressed. She laughed about it after.
I have been advised I will be able to get some of my excess skin removed on the NHS in about a years time.
Some medications have the side effect of causing photosensitivity which can lead to bad sunburn in situations when the sun is not particularly strong.
Sun cream on prescription seems reasonable to me in these situations.
Rather than laying down the law with blanket bans on over the counter items, relying on the common sense of GPs sounds a better bet to me. They should have a good idea as to their patients' financial ability to cough up.
I am sure this already happens as I have certainly been advised to buy paracetamol/calpol/sudafed etc in the past.
In any case, I am pretty sure that any savings made by not prescribing the likes of paracetamol and ibuprofen will be but a drop in the ocean. It is the kind of thing which grabs headlines and allows people to feel as though something is being done whilst there is little real effect.
Hmm, every time a question on these lines comes up, I really like to ask if some other products should be added to the list. So here goes:

Should all forms of contraception and Viagra tablets be prescribable on the NHS? Those that say people should pay will tell that neither contribute towards the curing of a disease just like preparations such as sunscreen etc.

It's an interesting point but let me assure you that I hold no opinion one way or the other. I don't know what is right or wrong in relation to the question.

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