General Practitioners: Pharmacy

Health written question – answered on 15th July 2008.

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Photo of David Drew David Drew Labour, Stroud

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effects on dispensing GPs of implementing the proposals set out in the Pharmacy White Paper; what discussions he has had with dispensing GPs on the matter; and what recent representations he has received on the proposals.

Photo of Ben Bradshaw Ben Bradshaw Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (South West), The Minister of State, Department of Health

The White Paper "Pharmacy in England; Building on Strengths—Delivering the Future" looks at aligning the future provision of pharmaceutical services and sets out proposals to look at the market entry criteria for doctors and community pharmacists, (copies of this are available in the Library). No final decision has been taken over any criteria to be used in considering future arrangements for patients to receive pharmaceutical services from their general practitioner (GP).

A consultation paper will be launched later this summer following the recent publication of the primary and community care strategy—"NHS Next Stage Review" (copies of this publication have already been deposited in the Library). This will put forward possible options to address these issues and will contain an initial assessment of the impact of any proposals on patients, the national health service and contractors.

The Department has carried out a number of listening events around the country in the past two months on the Pharmacy White Paper. As part of this, over 120 dispensing GPs and practice managers attended these events. In addition, The Department's officials have met with representatives of GPs and pharmacists to discuss these matters and a large amount of correspondence has been received on the proposals contained in the White Paper.

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Paul Gowers
Posted on 9 Sep 2008 8:20 am (Report this annotation)

The Minister's comments are misleading the Department of Health has carried out an investigation to inform policy on the likely effects on GP practises of removing GP dispensing and the effects on GP practises of the proposed White Paper. This information was gathered using the Freedom of Information Act.

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