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Primary Health Care

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN HL3119, tabled on 14 October 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to promote self-care for minor ailments in order to reduce pressure on GPs and A&E departments.

Answered on

22 October 2021

No assessment has been made of a separate strategy for the integration of self-care for minor ailments, as supported self-management and self-care for short term and ongoing physical and mental health conditions is an integral part of the NHS Long Term Plan.

Community pharmacies in England delivering NHS services provide support for self-care as part of their essential services. The Community Pharmacist Consultation Advanced Service enables NHS111 and general practitioners to refer patients with a minor illness to a pharmacist for a consultation to reduce pressure on primary care and accident and emergency departments.