Monday, 30 July 2018

Revealed: NHS spent more than £3million on toothpaste, shampoo and other toiletries after a rise in prescriptions for items many patients buy themselves

Revealed: NHS spent more than £3million on toothpaste, shampoo and other toiletries after a rise in prescriptions for items many patients buy themselves Doctors are giving out nearly 500,000 prescriptions a year for toiletries such as shampoo, toothpaste and body wash, official figures reveal.

The NHS is spending £3.5million a year on the items, even though many can easily be bought at chemists and supermarkets.

This bill – described as ‘absurd’ by campaigners – has risen seven-fold in a decade. Figures from NHS Digital show a total of 470,678 prescriptions for toiletries were handed out last year, up from 79,341 in 2007. The Daily Mail

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