A new campaign aimed at saving the NHS in south west Essex millions of pounds is being launched today.
The WASTE NOT, WANT NOT – MEDICINES WASTE campaign will tackle the issue of unused prescription medicine which is estimated to waste around £2.5million locally.
Officials say that money could pay for approximately either:
395 hip replacements
230 heart bypass operations
3,125 cataract operations
337 knee replacements or
100 community nurses
Healthcare commissioners NHS Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Basildon and Brentwood CCG have joined forces for a year-long crusade to help reduce NHS medicine waste.
The campaign will address the different issues patients, GPs, pharmacists, care homes and carers face when trying to make the best use of medicines.