Spending NHS money wisely 2

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 we 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

The consultation is now closed. Thank you to everyone who took the time to read our proposals and provide their feedback. We are now analysing all the responses received and they will be taken into consideration by our GP clinical directors when developing their recommendations for BHR CCGs’ governing bodies to consider at a Joint Governing Body meeting later in the year.

Equality impact assessment (EIA) for SMW2 

We are looking at our proposals and if they might discriminate or disadvantage against the following characteristics:

  • age
  • disability
  • gender reassignment
  • marriage and civil partnership
  • pregnancy and maternity
  • race
  • religion or belief
  • sex
  • sexual orientation

As part of this work, we have carried out an initial EIA.

We will take into account people’s responses to our proposals and this will inform a more detailed EIA, which will go to our governing bodies to consider before any decision is made about these proposals. 


Spending NHS money wisely 1

From March – May 2017, we ran a consultation asking people what they thought about proposals to stop funding a number of treatments and procedures as we look to make savings for the local NHS.  Follow this link to download a copy of the Spending NHS money wisely – summary of decisions reached

To find out more, read Spending NHS money wisely.

Follow this link for a copy of the easy read version of Spending NHS money wiselyThe engagement on this closed on Thursday 18 May 2017. Thank you to everyone who took the time to read our proposals and give us their feedback.

Find out more about the evidence used to inform the decision at the meeting of the three Governing Bodies on 29 June 2017.

You said, we did

As part of our work, we asked people to suggest other ways that the NHS might save money. To see what they said read the You said we did document or the easy read version.

Further reading

Questions and answers

Gluten-free resources:

Equality impact assessment (EIA)

Follow this link to read our initial EIA.





Page last updated 16 November 2017