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NHS no to dandruff and diarrhoea treatment

NHS England has announced a crackdown on the treatment of “minor” ailments such as dandruff and diarrhoea.

Thirty-five treatments responsible for £570m of spending have been targeted.

All are available over-the-counter in pharmacies. And the restriction will apply only where the ailment is judged to be a minor, short-term problem.

NHS bosses says the move could cut spending by a fifth. But experts warned the poorest risked losing out on treatment.


The treatments targeted include those for:

  • constipation
  • athletes foot
  • mild acne
  • dandruff
  • diarrhoea
  • head lice
  • cold sores
  • earwax

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