Crawley GPs to consider bringing back Minor Ailment Scheme

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Crawley health bosses will this year consider allowing people to get medicines from pharmacies without having to visit their GP.

The Minor Ailment Scheme (MAS) would allow people who are exempt from paying prescription charges to access medicines and advice they would otherwise visit their doctor for.

Crawley Clinical Commission Group’s Governing Body met in public at the Charis Centre, West Green, on Thursday (May 21).

Dr Laura Hill said: “The scheme was decommissioned a few years back.

“It wasn’t being used by many practices at all.

“We are in a different place now – with the engagement we’ve achieved our population is in a completely different mindset.

“We’ve looked at the Minor Ailment Scheme, it’s in our work scheme to consider this year.”

MAS covers several common childhood illnesses including colds and coughs.

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