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Swine flu paracetamol; Ministerís visits; Pharmacy development; Vascular check template; Private contracts

MP calls for bigger packs of paracetamol for swine flu

Minister visits to GP surgeries and pharmacies

Development of pharmacy

Lib Dems call for vascular check template

Private primary care contracts

Dr Allan Tennant reports

27th of July 2009

 

MP calls for bigger packs of paracetamol for swine flu

Michael Fabricant Lichfield (Conservative Party) : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will bring forward proposals to enable people to purchase anti-pyretics in greater quantities over the counter for preparation in the event of them contracting swine influenza.

Gillian Merron, Public Health Minister: There are no current plans to do this. Antipyretics such as paracetamol and aspirin are available in packs of 16 tablets or capsules from general sale outlets such as supermarkets and up to two packs can be purchased at any one time. Larger packs of 32 tablets or capsules are designated as pharmacy medicines and are sold by or under the supervision of a pharmacist. Pharmacists have the professional discretion to sell up to 100 tablets or capsules without a prescription if they consider this is in the best interests of the patient. The need for professional advice and supervision when supplying these medicines does not reduce during a pandemic.

Obviously dispensing doctor patients are able to get larger amounts in a prescription from their doctors-Ed.

I also find it interesting that patient safety re anti-pyretics should continue, but expiry dates for Tamiflu can be extended-Ed.

 

Minister visits to GP surgeries and pharmacies

Mrs Sandra Gidley MP Romsey (Liberal Democrats) Shadow health minister and pharmacist asked the Secretary of State for Health how many times (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department visited (i) a dental practice, (ii) an optometrist, (iii) a GP surgery, (iv) a pharmacy and (v) an NHS walk-in centre in the last 12 months.

 

From the 1/6/08 to 9/7/09 there were 36 visits to GP surgeries, 1 visit each to a pharmacy and a NHS walk in centre.

 

I am not sure why this question is important, but it is asked regularly by supporters of pharmacy and visits by politicians to pharmacy are important to the pharmacy press-Ed.

 

Development of pharmacy

Mr Philip Dunne MP dunnep@parliament.uk  (Ludlow Conservative Party) has asked multiple questions of the government on encouraging commissioning by primary care trusts of services provided by community pharmacies regarding screening and treatment of diabetes by pharmacists.

 

Baroness Masham of Ilton susan@masham1935.fsnet.co.uk  (crossbencher) asked whether the government expects to develop a future curriculum for pharmacists to improve the level of dermatology education.

 

Lord Darzi, replying for the government said, "In the White Paper, Pharmacy in England: Building on Strengths-Delivering the Future, we set out plans to work to ensure that the pharmacy undergraduate degree course and pre-registration training provides pharmacists with clinical competencies to deliver the services of the future."

 

Lib Dems call for vascular check template

Sandra Gidley To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will develop national templates to assist primary care trusts in delivering vascular checks in (a) general practice surgeries, (b) community pharmacies, (c) walk-in centres and (d) other settings.

From our reading it would seem that politicians accept that many patients will want their vascular checks by their GP, so the questions have changed from vascular checks in pharmacies to checks in multiple types of establishment-Ed.

 

Private primary care contracts

Lord Warner (Labour Party) previously a health minister, asked about contracts in primary care given to private sector providers, and (b) social entrepreneurs

 

Lord Darzi responding said; The department does not centrally collect information on contracts procured by local National Health Service service providers for primary or secondary care. The department can only provide information on contracts procured as part of central programmes led by the department's former commercial directorate or where it has provided commercial and procurement skills and support.

The following tables show the number of contracts that reached financial close in the financial years 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09 for primary care and secondary care, which were awarded to independent sector (IS) and social enterprise and third sector (SE) providers

 

Primary care

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Commuter Walk-in Centres

7 (IS)

-

-

-

Innovations in Primary Care Contracting

-

2 (IS)

-

-

Fairness in Primary Care

-

-

-

5 (IS) 2 (SE)

Equitable Access in Primary Medical Care

-

-

-

39 (IS) 27 (SE)

Pharmacy Chlamydia Screening Pathfinder

1 (IS)

-

-

-

 

I'm not sure what these figures mean, but they seemed important and possibly concerning-Ed.

 

 

 

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