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PPRS 2014 agreed

Posted: Thursday, December 5th, 2013

A five year voluntary agreement - the Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme - has been agreed from 2014 between the government and the Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry. The scheme is intended to provide assurance on almost all of the branded medicines price bill for the NHS.

DH response to the Francis report

Posted: Saturday, November 30th, 2013

The Department of Health has published its full response to the Francis report, containing 290 recommendations concerning his inquiry into Mid-Staffs hospital. Key proposals include a duty to publish nurse staffing levels from April 2014; a new criminal offence of wilful neglect which will apply to individuals; a fit and proper person test from the CQC which can bar senior managers from posts and a requirement for healthcare assistants to complete certificated training. 

New regulations on EU patients' rights

Posted: Monday, November 4th, 2013

The NHS (Cross border Healthcare) Regulations 2013 No. 2269 implement the relevant EU directive concerning the rights of EU citizens to cross-border healthcare. Principally the regulations designate the NHS Commissioning Board (NHS England), CCGs in England and the equivalent Health Boards in Wales as the NCP (national contact point) to provide information to patients. There is also an information booklet explaining how to implement the requirements.

Exemption for asthma inhalers in schools

Posted: Friday, November 1st, 2013

Acting on a recommendation from the Commission on Human Medicines, the Department of Health has asked the MHRA to draft a proposed exemption in the medicines regulations to allow schools to hold stocks of salbutamol inhalers for emergency use.

CQC powers to be strengthened

Posted: Friday, October 18th, 2013

The government proposes to make amendments to the Health and Social Care Act 2008 that established CQC, via the Care Bill, as it passes through the House of Lords in October.The announcement proposes to remove the Secretary of State’s powers to dictate which organisations the CQC should inspect, how it should carry out inspections and how it will write up its findings in a report.The government also proposes to insert the posts of Chief Inspectors of Hospitals, Adult Social Care and General Practice into the Act.

Reducing inspection burden on community pharmacy

Posted: Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

An impact assessment is available on the proposals for GPhC to be the lead inspector for community pharmacy. This will involve the creation of Memoranda of Understanding between GPhC and a range of inspection agencies, most notably NHS England, Care Quality Commission and MHRA.

TV restriction on advertising remote prescribing to be lifted

Posted: Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

The Broadcast Committee of Advertising Practice (BCAP) is consulting on the relaxation of its restrictions on, amongst other things, the advertising on TV or radio of remote prescribing or treatment. The baseline for control will remain as that demanded by Regulation 286 of the Human Medicines Regulations 2012. Consultation closes on 25th October 2013

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These news items are not exhaustive but are selected according to their relevance to pharmacy practice, NHS community pharmacy contracts and the regulation of the pharmacy profession. If you wish to add any items that you think we have missed, contact our news editor.