No prescriptions for over the counter medicine

Many GPs will no longer prescribe painkillers, antihistamines or common antibiotics

A number of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are banning GPs from prescribing anything that can be bought over the counter.

Common treatments, such as painkillers, antihistamines and basic antibiotics, are among the 22 drugs that will no longer be prescribed by GPs.

Doctors in Bristol, Lincolnshire, Dudley, Telford and Essex are among many others who are adopting this new policy.

Prescriptions

While many people can afford these treatments from a pharmacy, it will add further strain to low-income families who already struggle with the cost of living.

Professor Azeem Majeed, Head of Primary Care and Public Health at Imperial College and a Lambeth GP, said: “Low-income families often can’t afford ibuprofen or gluten-free products for coeliac disease sufferers.

“A single mother on low pay with two children can’t afford the £10 it would cost for nit treatment.”

Currently, if you have a low income, you can get help with health costs, such as prescription charges, in certain circumstances.

However, certain programmes to help poorer families, such as the Minor Ailment Scheme, are being cut back as well.

Source: Turn2us

Disabled man took own life due to benefits ruling

Cahal Milno writing in The Independent – A coroner concluded for the first time that a man with severe mental illness killed himself as a direct result of being found “fit for work” by the Government’s disability assessors.

Michael O’Sullivan, a 60-year-old father from north London, hung himself after his disability benefits were removed despite the opinion of three doctors that he was suffering from recurrent depression and certified as unable to work by his GP.

Figures released b the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) last month showed that nearly 90 people a month died between 2011 and 2014 after being declared fit for employment following a work capability assessment (WCA).

Ministers insisted the statistics provided no basis for a link to welcome reforms but a coroner has ruled that in the case of Mr O’Sullivan the WCA and anxiety caused to him by its findings were the direct cause of his death. Mary Hassal, senior coroner for Inner London, wrote to the DWP warning that she believed there was a risk of similar future deaths and demanded preventative action.

PM David CameronIt’s official –  this guy and his cronies destroy lives

It is believed  to be the first time that a coroner has explicitly blamed suicide on the welfare reforms being spearheaded by Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith.

Mr O’sullivan died in 2013. In its 16-page response to the coroner, the DWP admitted that its own “clear policy” that further evidence should be sought when claimants mention suicide was “regrettably not followed in this case” and it was issuing a “reminder” to staff about its guidance.

“It would not do for me ! – Judicial Review at least and find a solicitor to take it on. They killed this bloke and you can’t get better legitimate evidence than from a coroner’s investigation into a death. Iain Duncan Smith and his masters and underlings don’t give a damn”