However, despite the apparent willingness people have to self care, each year 57 million people visit their GP and 3.7 million people visit the accident and emergency department of their local hospital for symptoms that could be treated with self care and over the counter (OTC) products widely available in community pharmacies, large pharmacy chains and supermarkets. This unnecessary use of NHS services costs an estimated £2.3 billion pounds a year.
PAGB is calling for a national strategy for self care to provide the leadership and policy coordination necessary to fully embed self care into the NHS and people’s lives. You can read more about our campaigns to make the case for self care and on the sustainability of the NHS on the policy and campaigns pages.
PAGB is calling for a national self care strategy supported by policies to create and embed a culture of self care.
Factsheets to help healthcare professionals and patients discuss issues around self care including how to manage symptoms. Redirects to the Self Care Forum, a charity supported by PAGB.
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PAGB's OTC Directory, a detailed guide to consumer healthcare products for health professionals, is now available online or in hard copy.