HDA UK Media And Political Bulletin – 10 March 2017

Media Summary

PSNC: ‘Incomprehensible’ that budget bypasses pharmacy
Chemist and Druggist, Thomas Cox, 10 March 2017

The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) chief executive, Sue Sharpe, said it is “incomprehensible” that the NHS is directing more energy into GPs in hospitals than pharmacy. In the Spring Budget, Philip Hammond said that £100 million will be invested into A&E departments over the next year. With the NHS heavily strained, the PSNC highlighted that “With the right enablers, [pharmacies] could take on the 1.1m visits to emergency departments for patients with minor ailments without delay”.

‘People have swallowed the hub-and-spoke marketing brochure’
Chemist and Druggist, Anas Hassan, 10 March 2017

A National Pharmacy Association (NPA) board member has responded to claims that hub-and-spoke dispensing could work for independents. Mr Hewitson was responding to the positive messages on hub-and-spoke dispensing that came out of the Numark conference earlier this week. Rather than outright rebuttal, Mr Hewitson issued a note of caution that the technology is not yet available to support the dispensing model.

Parliamentary Coverage

House of Commons, Written Answers, Thursday 9 March 2017

Barry Sheerman, MP:

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which specialised medicines, procedures and medical technologies are undergoing evaluation by NHS England Specialised Services for potential commissioning in 2017-18 and 2018-19.

Department of Health
David Mowat, MP:

NHS England is preparing this data set, which is currently in draft form. It will be published shortly.


House of Commons, Written Answers, Thursday 9 March 2017

Barry Sheerman, MP: If he will publish details of the process by which NICE plans to create commissioning support documents on rare disease medicines for NHS England in 2017.

Department of Health
Nicola Blackwood, MP:

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has advised that it has been commissioned by NHS England to support the development of clinical commissioning policies for licensed (or soon-to-be licensed) technologies that are directly commissioned by NHS England. NICE is working with NHS England to agree how this will be achieved and will publish full detail in due course.

HDA UK Media And Political Bulletin – 10 March 2017

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