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HDA Media And Political Bulletin – 4 January 2016

Five-year NHS strategy only mentions pharmacy twice

C&D, Emma Weinbren, 23 December 2015

The 5-year NHS plan only mentions pharmacy twice, compared to 13 references to GPs and 3 to nurses. The document promises a community pharmacy reform to improve primary care productivity but the nature of the reform is not specified. Another pledge is to increase access to primary care, in particular on weekends and evenings.

 

Pharmacy2U supply problems

PSNC, 24 December 2015

NHS England has issued a letter on the disruption to services that Pharmacy2U (P2U) is experiencing over the Christmas period.

The technical issues at P2U have resulted in some patients being unlikely to receive their ordered medicines until 11th January 2016.

The letter contains details of the arrangements being made to mitigate risk and inconvenience to patients.

NHS England letter – Important note regarding services provided by ‘Pharmacy2U’ over Christmas and New Year

 

Independents rally to NPA call for coordinated response to NHS England ‘efficiency’ plans

NPA, 4 January 2015

The National Pharmacy Association reports that hundreds of independents pharmacy have decided to take part in a joined-up response to the NHS proposal for “efficiencies”, including centralised dispensing and an increase of online medicine supply. This action will aim to:

  • Present a strong case to the Government and the NHS
  • Mobilise support from politics and the general public

 

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Five-year NHS strategy only mentions pharmacy twice

C&D, Emma Weinbren, 23 December 2015

NHS England plans to “support community pharmacy reform”, according to the document, but does not specify what that will involve

The strategy also references the role of pharmacists in GP practices

The Delivering the Forward View document, released yesterday (December 22), makes reference to the role of pharmacists in GP practices and improving primary care productivity by “supporting community pharmacy reform”.

But there is no mention of what the reform will entail in the document, designed to help the NHS achieve the goals set out in last year’s Five Year Forward View.

The original document outlined a vision for pharmacists to form large-scale primary care practices with GPs and pledged to make “far greater use” of the profession.

This week’s update stresses the importance of “balancing” the NHS budget in realising the plans, which aim to give 20% of the population “enhanced access” to primary care by March 2017. They also include improving access to primary care at weekends and evenings.

But it makes no mention of using community pharmacies to achieve this vision.

The document makes 13 references to GPs and three to nurses.

In June, NHS England’s deputy chief pharmaceutical officer Bruce Warner told C+D that pharmacy has a “huge role to play” in NHS England’s plans for the future.

 

Independents rally to NPA call for coordinated response to NHS England ‘efficiency’ plans

NPA, 4 January 2015

Hundreds of independent pharmacists have already registered to take part in a coordinated response from the independent sector to NHS England proposals for ‘efficiencies’, such as centralised dispensing and more online supply of medicines.

They will be given resources and hands-on support to build the evidence base required to make a compelling case to Government and NHS mobilise public opinion and political support for local pharmacies.

The NPA’s overall approach is to robustly oppose the current policy drift, which, together with funding cuts, risks undermining the community pharmacy network. At the same time, the NPA will help independents adapt to meet the genuine long-term challenges that exist in terms of patient expectations and NHS productivity.

NPA Chairman, Ian Strachan, said:

“The Government is conducting a dangerous experiment which could see local pharmacies close, thereby reducing people’s access to pharmaceutical and healthcare advice, and putting extra pressure on GPs and hospitals.  The current drift of policy puts at risk a part of the health system that holds the key to solving many of its problems. Patients would be the biggest losers.

“The Government’s approach is to combine funding cuts with jumbled proposals for productivity gain, including support for ‘large scale automated dispensing’ and increased online supply of medicines.  The proposals imply that pharmacy is just a distribution mechanism for product – rather than a valuable health and social care asset at the heart of communities.

“Fundamentally, the answers lie in universal implementation of what we know works well, not about relying on unproven measures that could have serious unintended and irreversible consequences.

“Our voice is most powerful when NPA members are actively involved, so we are asking independents to step forward at what could be an important moment in pharmacy history.  It is vital that we all play our part in the coming months.”

HDA Media And Political Bulletin – 4 January 2016

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