WASTE WATCHERS - Day 28: £30 million wasted treating minor ailments

May 2, 2011 11:56 AM

The Welsh Liberal Democrats will expose an example of the waste and inefficiency of Labour and Plaid Cymru in government on each day of the Welsh general election campaign.

£30 million is wasted by GPs treating minor ailments that could be better treated in community pharmacies. On average it costs the NHS £35 for every GP appointment and £17 for every community pharmacy appointment. If patients with minor ailments were seen by their pharmacist, instead of their GP, then £30 million could potentially be saved every year.

Veronica German, Welsh Liberal Democrat candidate for South Wales East said:

"A minor ailment scheme would ensure that we make better use of community pharmacies to treat ailments like coughs and colds, hay fever, head-lice, warts and verrucas.

"I have seen the scheme working well in Cwmbran and rolling it out nationally would be an excellent idea. Not only would it save money by switching the delivery of some services from GP practices to local pharmacies, but it would also offer residents a better service. There are highly trained and clinically qualified health care pharmacists in every community and we need to make the most out of their expertise.

"When every family, charity and business is making every pound stretch that little bit further, Wales needs a government that does the same."

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Notes to editors:

An example of Labour-Plaid waste will be revealed on each day of the election campaign at noon. Look out for tomorrow's!

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