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HDA Media And Political Bulletin – 25 October 2016

APPG to ‘scrutinise’ Government’s funding reforms

24 October 2016, Chemist & Druggist, Annabelle Collins

 

The All-Party Pharmacy Group (APPG) is planning to investigate the Government’s planned cuts to community pharmacy funding.  The APPG has announced that they want to engage with the Pharmacy Minister, David Mowat, alongside officials from the Department of Health, pharmacy organisations and patient representatives. The investigation will be led by the APPG in order to better understand how the cuts to funding will impact community pharmacies in England.

 

This was also reported by Pharmacy Business

 

Parliamentary Coverage

House of Commons Written Questions; Pharmacy: Competition, 24 October 2016

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

 

Tom Brake: Whether he has had discussions with the Competition and Markets Authority on the implications for competition of the vertical integration of pharmacies and pharmaceutical wholesalers; and if he will make a statement.

 

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

 

Margot James:

I have had no discussions with the Competition and Markets Authority on the implications for competition of the vertical integration of pharmacies and pharmaceutical wholesalers.

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APPG to ‘scrutinise’ Government’s funding reforms

24 October 2016, Chemist & Druggist, Annabelle Collins

 

The all-party pharmacy group (APPG) will “investigate” and “scrutinise” the government’s planned cut to community pharmacy funding, it has announced.

The APPG will hold evidence sessions to “better understand the impact of the plans”, the parliamentary group announced today (October 24).

It pledged to invite pharmacy minister David Mowat to give evidence, alongside Department of Health (DH) officials, the pharmacy bodies and patient representatives.

The group will investigate how the DH aims to ensure that pharmacies continue to provide health services to keep patients away from GPs and A&E departments, on a “lower funding package”, APPG chair and Labour MP Kevin Barron said.

Sir Kevin also said the group would look at how pharmacies will adapt their businesses and what the funding cut might mean to patients.

“It’s important to me that no community is left without a pharmacy, but also that pharmacies which remain open don’t have to cut back on the services they provide,” Sir Kevin said.

Sir Kevin was among the MPs who questioned Mr Mowat on two occasions last week about the government’s decision to cut the sector’s funding.

During the debate last Thursday (October 20), Sir Kevin questioned Mr Mowat on when regulations would be put in place to enable pharmacies to merge – which the government has suggested as a solution to its belief there are too many pharmacies in some areas.

Mr Mowat responded that the regulations would be in place by December 1.

 

APPG TO CALL ON MOWAT IN FUNDING CUTS INVESTIGATION

24 October 2016, Pharmacy Business, Neil Trainis

 

The All-Party Pharmacy Group has said it will “investigate and scrutinise” the government’s pharmacy funding cuts and invite the community health and care minister David Mowat to answer questions on reforms which pharmacy leaders believe threaten their profession’s existence.

Pharmacy is still reeling from last week’s announcement by the government that its funding will be cut by 4% and 7% in 2016-17 and 2017-18 respectively.

The PSNC and the National Pharmacy Association have indicated they are considering their legal position in relation to the cuts and impact on its members.

The APPG said it will bring together government officials, pharmacy representatives, patient organisations and representatives from the wider NHS to assess the rationale and implications of the cuts.

“The All-Party Pharmacy Group has long called for more health services from community pharmacies to keep people well and away from GP surgeries and hospitals,” said Sir Kevin Barron (pictured), chair of the APPG.

“The Department of Health wants pharmacies to do that within the lower funding package announced. We will investigate how the Department will square that circle, how pharmacies will respond, and what it will mean for patients.

“It’s important to me that no community is left without a pharmacy, but also that pharmacies which remain open don’t have to cut back on the services they provide.”

HDA Media And Political Bulletin – 25 October 2016

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