Summary of report content
Healthwatch Cambspboro arranged for30 local people from across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to join a Community Values Panel set up by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG to have a say on funding local health services The panel met twice in the autumn of 2019 to help the CCG work out what’s important to local people. This report includes the outputs of the first panel meeting on 24 October in St Ives.
Twenty-six panellists on the day helped the CCG think about whether people should still be able to get over the counter medications on prescription. They heard from experts at the CCG who told them about:
- The tough decisions the CCG has to make to reduce their £75 million debt. And how they are having a 'Big Conversation' with local people to help them think about this.
- How the CCG spent £117 million on prescriptions in 2018. This includes £5.3 million on medicines that people could have bought without a prescription.
- How £4.7million worth of unused medicines were returned last year. Once returned, they must be destroyed and cannot be used for other patients
The panel came up with values that were most and least important for them about access to over the counter medicines on prescription.