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HDA UK Media And Political Bulletin – 22 December 2016

New minister joins Department of Health

Health Service Journal, Joe Gammie, 21 December 2016

 

Lord O’Shaughnessy has been appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State to the Department of Health, as well as Government Whip. He replaces Lord Prior who has become Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. John O’Shaughnessy is a former Downing Street aid and was director of policy for David Cameron from May 2010 to October 2011.

 

The C+D Debate: Is the NPA/PV split ‘a backwards step’?

Chemist and Druggist, Thomas Cox, 20 December 2016

 

Leaders in the sector comment on the recent National Pharmacy Associations (NPA)’s decision to split from Pharmacy Voice. The NPA argued the move will make the structure of community pharmacy easier to understand but the decision was not unanimously welcomed by the sector. Ash Soni, former RPS chair said “it seems an odd move”, while RPS English Pharmacy Board chair Sandra Gidley explained that it provided an opportunity for the society “to offer more leadership”.

 

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New minister joins Department of Health

Health Service Journal, Joe Gammie, 21 December 2016

 

A former Downing Street aide and policy director to David Cameron has been appointed as a minister at the Department of Health.

 

Number 10 said today that Lord O’Shaughnessy had been made parliamentary undersecretary of state to the DH as well as a government whip.

 

He is a former Downing Street aide, and was director of policy for Mr Cameron from May 2010 to October 2011.

 

He will replace Lord Prior, who has overseen drugs spending, life sciences, NHS commercial issues, and blood and transplant since July after Theresa May reappointed Jeremy Hunt as health secretary.

 

Lord Prior was originally made a parliamentary undersecretary of state in 2015 after the general election.

 

Lord Prior, who is a former chair of the Care Quality and Commission and Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals Foundation Trust, has become parliamentary undersecretary of state at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

 

Writing on hsj.co.uk in September, Lord Prior said a system dedicated to continuous improvement and learning towards patient wellbeing and safety was key to a sustainable NHS.

 

He stressed the NHS should not be “immune” from fundamental change, and while the connection between health and social care and achieving parity between physical and mental health, had been recognised, more needed to be done.

 

Lord Prior said last year the creation of NHS Improvement was a “fundamental change” from Monitor’s role as a financial regulator.

 

He also spoke about the “hugely limited” role of the market in healthcare in his previous role as CQC chair.

 

In addition, Lord Prior has said new models of care can be achieved without structural “reorganisation”.

 

The C+D Debate: Is the NPA/PV split ‘a backwards step’?

Chemist and Druggist, Thomas Cox, 20 December 2016

 

What will the split between the two community pharmacy bodies mean for the sector?

 

The National Pharmacy Association (NPA) announced last week (December 13) that it will discontinue its alliance and pull its funding for Pharmacy Voice from 2017, signalling the end of the pharmacy bodies’ three-year agreement.

 

The NPA argued the move will make the structure of community pharmacy easier to understand. But the decision has split the sector – with one community pharmacy boss calling the move a “retrograde step”.

 

C+D looked into both sides of the debate, and asks: Is the split between the two a backwards step for community pharmacy?

 

We’d like to get your views – so make sure you vote in the C+D poll.

 

The split ‘weakens the sector’

 

Tricia Kennerley, Walgreen Boots Alliance

 

Tricia Kennerley, the vice president and director of international public affairs at Walgreens Boots Alliance – the parent company of Boots – criticised the timing of the NPA’s split from Pharmacy Voice, and argued it would weaken the sector at a time when pharmacists needed to be “unified”.

 

Kennerley told C+D the split was “very disappointing”. “At a time when the sector is facing difficult times, it’s really important that we are unified in our representation to the government and NHS England to build a stronger role for pharmacy that can help alleviate some of the burdens facing the NHS.”

 

“We should be working together to achieve this. Fragmenting the sector back into different representative organisations will not help the situation.”

 

Ash Soni, former RPS chair

 

Former Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) president Ash Soni said the split is a strange step. “It seems an odd move,” he told C+D. “The NPA was a key driver in developing Pharmacy Voice as the voice of community pharmacy owners”, he said.

 

Currently, Pharmacy Voice represents the NPA as well as the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies (AIMp) and the Company Chemists’ Association (CCA), in a three-year agreement that will end next year.

 

The move allows for a positive future

 

Salim Jetha, Avicenna chief executive

 

On the other side of the debate, the CEO of independent pharmacy group Avicenna, Salim Jetha, said the split could be a significant move forward for the sector.

 

“The split will free the NPA to carry out its mandate to concentrate on the independent sector”, he said. “Perhaps Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) should review its operational methods and absorb some of the positive aspects of Pharmacy Voice,” he added.

 

Although PSNC is not one of the three founding members of Pharmacy Voice, it has worked with them on initiatives such as the Community Pharmacy Forward View.

 

Sandra Gidley, RPS England chair

 

The RPS English Pharmacy Board chair Sandra Gidley said the move would offer the society an opportunity to “provide leadership”, she told C+D.

 

“We will continue to work closely with Pharmacy Voice, the NPA, the PSNC and all other bodies in pharmacy to make sure there is a joined up voice for community pharmacy.

 

“The RPS remains focused on providing leadership for the whole profession, across Great Britain, advocating for improved patient care through better use of pharmacists.”

HDA UK Media And Political Bulletin – 22 December 2016

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