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HDA UK Media and Political Bulletin – 30 September 2021

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Fuel shortage raises concerns over continuance of health services, medicine deliveries

Pharmacy Business, Shilpa Sharma, 29 September 2021

Pharmacy Business reports that due to the shortage of fuel supply, concerns have been raised about the continuation of health-related services and medicine deliveries across the UK.

The National Pharmacy Association (NPA) has requested the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) to ensure fuel access for critical health care workers, including community pharmacy staff. The NPA highlighted that this is necessary to maintain the supply of medicines to NHS patients, to housebound patients and workplaces.

The Pharmacists’ Defence Association has also written to the Prime Minister, to highlight the need for fuel supply to be prioritised for pharmacists.

The letter states that “We are therefore calling on you as Prime Minister to ensure that the government prioritises fuel provision for healthcare workers to include pharmacists, and for those delivering supplies of medicines and clinical equipment.”

The HDA is also engaged in talks with the government on the fuel supply issue, noting that members are experiencing challenges in accessing fuel and that some normal delivery schedules for medicines would be disrupted for most of this week.

The PRA says that there are early signs of the pressure easing, and the government is preparing 150 military tanker drivers to deliver fuel with another 150 personnel on standby.

 

NHSE extends COVID home delivery service

Dispensing Doctor’s Association, Ailsa Colquhoun, 30 September 2021

The Dispensing Doctor’s Association reports that the NHS has extended the COVID medicines delivery service in England to people who have been notified of the need to self-isolate, until 31 March 2022.

The service is available to people during their 10-day isolation period if they are not able to get medicines picked up on their behalf.

 

Parliamentary Coverage

There was no parliamentary coverage today.

 

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Fuel shortage raises concerns over continuance of health services, medicine deliveries

Pharmacy Business, Shilpa Sharma, 29 September 2021

As the country struggles to match fuel supply with demand, serious concerns have been raised about the continuation of health-related services and medicine deliveries across the UK.

In anticipation of disruption to healthcare services amid reports of fuel shortages, dearth of HGV drivers and impact of Covid-19, the National Pharmacy Association (NPA) has requested the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) to ensure fuel access for critical health care workers including all community pharmacy staff.

“We want their members (forecourt operators) to recognise community pharmacists and their teams as a critical part of the health care workforce,” NPA said.

Besides supplying essential medicines, pharmacies now also provide a range of critical NHS services such as vaccinations for Covid and flu, it pointed out.

The association highlighted that pharmacy staff needs fuel to maintain the supply of medicines to NHS patients, to deliver vital medicines to housebound patients and to reach workplaces.

Following concerns expressed by members, the Pharmacists’ Defence Association has also written to the prime minister Boris Johnson, asking him to ensure that fuel supply is prioritised for pharmacists.

In a letter addressed to the prime minister, PDA highlighted pharmacists’ concerns about the consequences of current fuel panic buying and asked him to ensure they, their teams and supplies of medicine reach the pharmacy.

The letter stated: “We are therefore calling on you as prime minister to ensure that the government prioritises fuel provision for healthcare workers to include pharmacists, and for those delivering supplies of medicines and clinical equipment.”

Separately, the Healthcare Distribution Association (HDA) is also engaged in urgent talks with the government on the fuel supply issue.

It noted in a statement that its member companies are experiencing challenges in accessing fuel like many other critical sectors across the UK.

The association said some normal delivery schedules for medicines could be disrupted for most of this week due to fuel supply shortage.

Meanwhile, the PRA, which represents nearly 5,500 of the UK’s 8,000 filling stations, has said there are “early signs” the pressure is starting to ease at the pumps.

After a fourth day of long queues and pump closures in the UK, the government is now preparing about 150 military tanker drivers to deliver fuel and has kept another 150 personnel on standby to support them.

 

NHSE extends COVID home delivery service

Dispensing Doctor’s Association, Ailsa Colquhoun, 30 September 2021

NHS England has extended the COVID medicines delivery service in England to people who have been notified of the need to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace. The service will be extended from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022 (inclusive).

This service is only available to people during their 10-day self-isolation period and where they are unable to arrange for medicines to be picked up on their behalf. Service users should provide their NHS Test and Trace Account ID.

Payment for dispensing doctors is via a form which must be submitted by the fifth of the following month.

Payment for the mandatory element of the Pandemic Delivery Service will be made automatically.

Read the NHSE letter.  

HDA UK Media and Political Bulletin – 30 September 2021

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