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First Conservative 100 daysSeptember 2 2015

The parliamentary All-Party Pharmacy Group has announced it will be meeting the pharmacy minister to discuss how better use can be made of pharmacy services.

While the APPG has noted some of the actions already taken by the government in its first 100 days since the election, it is concerned that services such as a national minor ailments clinic were not agreed under the latest pharmacy contract remuneration settlement.

In March, ahead of the General Election, the APPG listed a number of actions that an incoming government could achieve quickly. Last week, the APPG’s chair, Sir Kevin Barron MP said he was “encouraged that the Government has acted on several of our recommendations. We are going to see a national flu vaccination service from pharmacies – exactly what we called for.

“Community pharmacies are getting access to the Summary Care Record. This is a good start on the road to full read-write access by pharmacies and it will allow for more joined up care between pharmacies, GPs and other health professionals.” He also recognised the Government’s commitment to “removing the spectre of pharmacists having a criminal record for making an honest mistake. It’s now time to implement decriminalisation.”

However, Sir Kevin said that there is more to do including having the NHS make better use of community pharmacies so that the public has access to a wider range of services.

“The flu service is a good step forward, but we’ve called for others– such as a minor ailments services, central health services and weight management services,” he said. “We want to see these services commissioned across the country and not just pockets – and it is for NHS England centrally, as well as local commissioners, to make that happen.”

In addition, he warned: “Medicine shortages remain a problem, leaving patients inconvenienced, stressed, and sometimes harmed. This isn’t just our view – we are constantly hearing this from CCGs, commissioning support organisations, pharmacists and patients themselves. We will continue to press for the actions set out in our 100 Days document.”

Sandra Gidley, Chair of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s English Board, commented: “I was disappointed at the lack of national commissioning of a minor ailments service, but we’re continuing to press for this, and we’re also fighting hard to get the rebalancing provisions extended to cover hospital pharmacists and to make the case for all pharmacists to have write access to patient records.

“Over the coming months, we’ll also be opposing the recently-announced cuts to public health funding, working to protect pharmacists as Parliament debates assisted dying and fighting proposals to weaken the rules on the use of unproven drugs, and we’re looking forward to taking all this to politicians at their party conferences.”

Links:

APPG statement            

RPS comment   

Toaday’s Pharmacist coverage of APPG ‘s ‘First 100 days’ call to action100-days-plan-sets-out-pharmacy-targets-for-incoming-government  

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