The DDA has published its second quarterly newsletter of 2017, published in association with the Accord Academy, the new name for the Actavis Academy.
In this issue of the DDA newsletter, the DDA flags up the need to rural-proof healthcare policy. DDA chairman Dr Richard West points out that shortfalls in NHS funding formulae do not adequately cater for rural deprivation, which he describes as “often as acute as in urban areas”.
The Dispensing Doctors’ Association is concerned that current NHS policy for GPs, the GP Forward View, is not sufficiently rural-proofed to promote a sustainable and vibrant network of rural dispensing GPs.
Like general practice elsewhere in England, dispensing GP practices are under pressure from falling income and are facing increasing demand for services from an ageing population. But, unlike urban practices, dispensing practice faces a number of issues that are yet to be addressed by the GP Forward View, the DDA states.
Among the key unresolved issues for dispensing practices are the following questions:
- Does scaled-up general practice (eg, federations or other collaborative working arrangements) yield adequate profit and savings?
- Do proposed models for scaled-up practice protect the dispensing service?
The newsletter also includes news of Actavis UK’s rebranding to Accord Healthcare, following its acquisition by Intas Pharmaceuticals, and financial updates from Accord following the Q1 2017-18 Category M adjustment.
Feature length articles also cover the 2017-18 GMS contract settlement and its implications for dispensing practices, and training modules on endorsing, submission and levying prescription charges and oral diabetes medications.
View the latest DDA newsletter.