NPA slams new DH “efficiencies” document

Latest

NPA slams new DH “efficiencies” document

Latest

NPA chairman, Ian Strachan, has issued a furious statement following the release of a new Department of Health document about “efficiencies” in community pharmacy, referring to its content as “nonsense” and “a slur”.

The DH describes the document as “our vision for community pharmacy, and outline proposals for achieving that vision” and invites comments from stakeholders.

“There is a flat and glaring contradiction in the Department of Health’s position,” said Mr Strachan. “It calls for community pharmacy to be at the heart of the NHS, then tells us how it plans to wrench the heart out of the sector.

“It’s appalling for pharmacy, appalling for patients and appalling for the NHS. That’s as clear as day to me. Maybe the view is different from an ivory tower."

Mr Strachan continued: “The promoters of this nonsense are either blind to the long term consequences, or they see it perfectly clear and just don’t care. Either way, we have to stand together and fight this every step of the way.

“The document refers to ‘clinical pharmacists’ in GP practices, in care homes and at the end of a phone line. Never once does it acknowledge that there is any clinical capability in the community pharmacy setting. That is a slur, and I am personally offended by this unfavourable comparison.

“This is a jumble of proposals based on conjecture, not based on evidence and not grounded in the front line reality”.

Record my learning outcomes

Latest

Inspiring stories related to health, fitness and the pursuit of wellbeing

Share:

More like this

bookmark_icon_off

Contractors make urgent plea to chancellor on wholesale bills

Community pharmacy contractors warn the government they need urgent funding to pay their wholesaler bills.

1 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off

Boots cuts down on plastic prescription bags

Boots UK has begun phasing in compostable pharmacy bags for repeat prescription deliveries to cut back on plastic.

1 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off

People in contact with secondary mental health on rise

Over 2.8 million people were recorded as being “in contact” with secondary mental health services in 2019-20.

1 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off

E-referral added to NHS app to reduce missed appointments

Patients have been given easier access to the NHS e-referral service after it was integrated into the NHS app.

1 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off

Pharmacy software gets £900k in public funding

A pharmacy software company has received a £900,000 Government-backed grant for its operating system.

2 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off

Growth in employee whistleblowing reports to GPhC

The number of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians whistleblowing to the GPhC continues to grow.

1 Min Article

Recommended Learning

bookmark_icon_off

Tiredness and fatigue

Tiredness is often regarded as a fact of life, but it’s actually far from normal and can be related to many issues, including stress.

18 Min Module

bookmark_icon_off

Vitamin D

Update your understanding of the current discussion around the benefits of vitamin D in minimizing the effects of Covid-19. 

10 Min Module

bookmark_icon_off

Renal therapeutics: part one

Part one of this renal therapeutics CPPE module looks at types of renal impairment and risk factors for chronic diseases.

12 Min Module

bookmark_icon_off

Prediabetes

This CPD module looks at the management of prediabetes and explains how pharmacy can have a role in identifying at-risk patients.

20 Min Module

bookmark_icon_off

Primary nocturnal enuresis

Improve your understanding of primary nocturnal enuresis. 

10 Min Module

bookmark_icon_off

Hayfever

It's hayfever season and while it isn’t curable, pharmacy teams can ensure customers are prepared to deal with the symptoms.

24 Min Module