In 2021/22, over a billion prescription items were dispensed in the community in England, up 2.58% on the previous year.
People rely on prescription medication to treat and manage their conditions and keep well. Yet, Healthwatch’s recent analysis of public feedback shows people are increasingly facing barriers to getting prescription medication.
Trends in feedback
Analysis of public feedback given to Healthwatch across England suggests people have been facing serious issues when trying to get prescription medication:
- Shortages of medication
- Delays in getting repeat prescriptions issued
- Shortages of staff
- Closed pharmacies
Read the full article on the Healthwatch England website.
We’d like to hear more about what is happening in Northumberland. Please tell us if you have experienced difficulties with getting your prescription medication, or where services are working well for you and your family – give feedback.