I think it will end up with hospitals doing more emergency care only and babies. Somewhere at GP level now with the peer review panels being rolled out we will not be getting referrals for non emergency care. The waste is huge for prescriptions, I agree. I have recently seen two black bin liners returned to a chemist. Patients dont tell doctors when they stop taking statins etc or painkillers, items can be hoarded for "I may need them one day"...... I've asked my GP to remove items from my prescription and they wont incase I need them. Havent ticked box to have items for 6 months now and know I am doing everything naturally and for myself to not need the items. Nope, they remain on list. No easy answers for NHS. In the background though things are happening that patients will not be aware of. At least they are now controlling over counter drugs more and not prescribing hay fever / paracetomals etc so much. Only in severe cases.