HDA Media And Political Bulletin – 01 March 2016
|Burt: Cuts will go ahead regardless of consultation
C&D, Annabelle Collins, 29 February 2016
Pharmacy minister Alistair Burt admitted that the planned funding cut to community pharmacy is settled and will go ahead regardless of consultation with the sector. He stated talks with PSNC will only cover implementation of the cut.
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|Public protests against cuts to pharmacy service
NPA, 29 February 2016
Thousands of people signed the petition against cuts to pharmacy services at a series of public events across England on Friday.
The NPA linked arms with the British Pharmaceutical Students Association and other national pharmacy bodies to run the events, at Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre in London and at university campuses.
Nearly 1,000 signatures were collected at the shopping centre event alone. Over 20,000 signatures have already been collected in total, a week since launch.
The national pharmacy bodies coordinating the campaign identified the need for a petition of this kind, to complement the parliamentary e-petition which has already gathered tens of thousands of signatures.
The new petition and instructions for use can be downloaded from the campaign page (www.npa.cp.uk/step-forward). The completed bundle will be delivered to Downing Street once patients all across the country have had an opportunity to express their opinion.
Meanwhile, 150,000 campaign postcards are in circulation – the cards are an easy way for patients to appeal to their local MP for support.
NPA, 29 February 2016
You may have seen coverage on this (Monday) morning’s BBC Breakfast about Government proposals to cut pharmacy funding in England. The footage can be viewed on the campaign Facebook page
The coverage put across strong messages about pharmacies as a community hub and a lifeline for elderly people and people with long term conditions. A number of very engaged patients (of Manor Pharmacy, Hertfordshire) described how important the pharmacy is to them. The BBC piece helpfully listed a range of NHS services available from pharmacies. Defending the Government’s position was Deputy Chief Pharmaceutical Officer Bruce Warner, who said pharmacy needed to be “modern, efficient and convenient.”
A number of spin-off interviews have been taking place on regional radio, and the NPA has been supporting pharmacy spokespeople. If you are approached by local media for comment, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for advice.
Pharmacy Biz, Neil Trainis, 29 February 2016
Michael Holden, the former chief executive of the National Pharmacy Association, is involved in the launch of a pharmacy network which will support the profession by helping it to lobby the government, drive the Healthy Living Pharmacy programme in England and deliver training to pharmacy teams.
Resuscitating his collaboration with Deborah Evans, who was his director of pharmacy at the NPA and a HLP pathfinder lead, Holden (pictured) said the new body, Pharmacy Complete, had “big aspirations to make pharmacy a better place.”
“Pharmacy Complete delivers training and solutions to engage, inspire and enable pharmacy owners, pharmacists and their teams to develop their knowledge and skills in business practices such as strategic planning, leadership and management, customer and patient service, pharmacy service development and delivery,” Holden told Pharmacy Business.
“Aside from working within specific pharmacy sectors, our ambitions extend to integrating pharmacy across community, primary and secondary care to ensure that patients are managed safely and get excellent pharmaceutical care through a virtual pharmacy team.
“We work with the pharmaceutical industry to support market access, strategic planning, service development and research.”
Pharmacy Complete describes itself as “an extensive network of experienced and knowledgeable associates who all passionately believe that pharmacy has a significant contribution to make.”
On Pharmacy Complete’s involvement with the HLP project, Holden said: “Pharmacy Complete are actively involved in the launch and implementation of HLP in Cheshire and Merseyside having developed the launch prospectus, organised and run four meetings for pharmacy contractors and local commissioners and running leadership training. This work was commissioned by NHS England Cheshire & Merseyside and working closely with the LPN.
“Pharmacy Complete are organising and delivering leadership and Health Champion training in North West London for their HLP programme.
“We are providing bespoke coaching and support to a number of individual pharmacy owners on preparing to become HLPs and the differential benefits that will give them going forward in the new landscape.
“We are working with a number of pharmaceutical companies to ensure that community pharmacy is embedded in their strategies and future support activity.”
When asked if Pharmacy Complete would actively lobby the government to rethink their plan to impose a 6% cut in community pharmacy funding, Holden said: “Both Deborah and I, through our various roles and working relationships, take the opportunity to influence organisations and individuals who formally represent the sector and the profession and leave them to lobby government directly.
“However, we do make our views known to a wider audience through thought leadership and opinion pieces such as the viewpoint articles on our website and through social media and other channels.
“It is important that we focus on the opportunities to get the future offer right in order to deliver a sustainable future for community pharmacy and for patients rather than getting distracted on something we cannot control or influence.”
He added: “From personal perspectives, we do not believe striking in protest will either achieve anything positive, potentially the opposite with government, patients and customers.”
Pharmacy Complete is a trading division of The Tipping Point Ltd, of whom Evans is a co-founder and director.
P3 Pharmacy, 26 February 2016
The National Pharmacy Association (NPA) was out in force today in central London to rally support for the newly-launched petition to the prime minister regarding pharmacy cuts.
Part of its new #lovemypharmacy campaign, NPA chairman Ian Strachan said one aim of the petition is to raise awareness and let the public know about the cuts and what impact it will have on them. And after just one morning of gathering support, they’d gained hundreds of signatures and were set to achieve hundreds more.
The NPA team, which included the likes of chief pharmacist Leyla Hannbeck, pharmacist and NPA board member Nick Kaye and CEO of Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster LPC Rekha Shah, alongside representatives of Pharmacy Voice and PSNC, intensified their efforts by campaigning outside Skipton House, the Department of Health headquarters (pictured).
Raj Patel, NPA board member and superintendent pharmacist of Mount Elgon Pharmacy in Wimbledon, explained that he and his staff have been gathering a lot of support in their pharmacy and his local MP is visiting the pharmacy this afternoon to see for himself the extent to which the local community is backing the pharmacy.
To find out more information and get your pharmacy involved in the campaign visit: www.supportyourlocalpharmacy.org. Here you will also find petition sheets to download. You can also join in the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #lovemypharmacy.
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