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JSNA health and wellbeing consultation

Posted: Monday, August 13th, 2012

The DH has published a consultation on proposals for guidance on the development of Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNAs) which will inform the commissioning of health and public health at local level. The consultation closes on 28th September 2012

New pharmaceutical services regulations

Posted: Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

The DH has published the NHS (Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2012 SI No 1909 to come into force on 1st September. These replace the substantive 2005 regs and consolidate a number of later amendments. Future contracts will be awarded according to Pharmaceutical Needs Assessments apart from distance-selling (mail order, internet) pharmacies.

proposals to extend prescribing - physios and podiatrists

Posted: Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

The DH has announced proposals to extend prescribing rights to physiotherapists and podiatrists. Legislation is expected in autumn 2012 for implementation in autumn 2013.

Consolidated medicines regulations 2012

Posted: Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

The delayed draft consolidated medicines regulations 2012 are now out for statutory consultation. They are expected to come into force on 14th August 2012.

Consultation on access to new medicines

Posted: Thursday, July 19th, 2012

The MHRA has published a consultation (MLX 376) on proposals to introduce a scheme in the UK that will provide access to certain new medicines before they are licensed. Consultation closes on 5th October 2012.

Draft Assisted Dying Bill Consultation for E&W

Posted: Friday, July 6th, 2012

A draft assisted dying bill for England and Wales has been launched for consultation. It presents an assisted dying model which would allow terminally ill, mentally competent adults in the last weeks of their life the choice of controlling the manner and timing of their death. Consultation closes on 20th November 2012.

Summary responses to GPhC premises consultation

Posted: Thursday, July 5th, 2012

The GPhC has published a summary report of responses to its consultation on standards for pharmacy premises. The GPhC Council will consider the report in September 2012

GPhC proposes amendments to rules

Posted: Friday, May 4th, 2012

The GPhC has proposed amendments to the rules: (i) GPhC (Statutory Committees and their Advisers) Rules 2010; (ii) GPhC (Fitness to Practise and Disqualification etc.) Rules 2010; and (iii) GPhC (Registration) Rules 2010. This Consultation will close on 12 July 2012.

Broadly, the amendments relate to the following: (i) the ability of the GPhC to adjust the size of their statutory committees, namely the Investigating Committee, the Fitness to Practise Committee and the Appeals Committee, as well as with respect to the size of its Appointments Committee; (ii) allow common membership between the Appeals Committee and the Fitness to Practise Committee; (iii) amend the reference to the "formal caution" for a criminal offence to "caution" alone; (iv) to remove the specification that the Appointments Committee will advise the Council on the minimum competencies for statutory committee members and also remove the requirement that the Appointments Committee shall draft the procedure for the suspension and the removal of statutory committee members, so as to improve flexibility; (v) introduce flexibility with regards to the term of office of statutory committee members; (vi) allowing a person who acts as a secretary to the Investigating Committee to also act as secretary to the Fitness to Practice Committee; (vii) give the Appeals Committee the ability to determine the size and composition of the committee tasked with hearing cases; (viii) provide flexibility with regards to the presence of a legal adviser at all meetings; (ix) clarifying the meaning of “defence organisation” with regards to the representation of persons attending fitness to practise hearings; and (x) amend the approach to identity checks for registration applicants.

Health and Social Care Bill becomes law

Posted: Thursday, March 29th, 2012

The Health and Social Care Bill (the “Bill”) received royal assent on 27 March 2012 and is now law (please see here). The English Pharmacy Board has said that it will be writing to the Secretary of State to bring to his attention the themes emerging from a survey it conducted on the Bill, as it was then. Although a clear majority of those who participated in the survey rejected the Bill, Lindsey Gilpin, the English Board Chair, has announced that the English Pharmacy Board has now “has tasked the RPS with looking at the new NHS architecture" and deciding how it may "support and positively influence opportunities for our members to improve patient care".

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