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Doctor dispensing change off

There will be no changes to current doctor dispensing arrangements minister of state, Phil Hope, announced this week.

The choice was made due to the strength of responses received after proposals for change were made.

Sue Sharpe, Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee chief executive, said that the PSNC was not surprised and that it supports the eight-year old agreement between pharmacists and dispensing doctors.

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The Dispensing Doctors Association says that, in March 2008 there were 1,360 dispensing practices providing nearly four million patients with NHS dispensing.

In a survey, conducted by the DDA, 95 per cent of patients said it would be difficult or inconvenient for them if they were no longer able to get their dispensed medicines from their doctor. Nearly 90 per cent of patients said that they wanted the choice of being able to receive their medicines from their doctor.

The DDA said it believes the announcement to be “a success for the parliamentary process and patient power”.

John Turk, chief executive of the National Pharmacy Association, said that, in light of the announcement, he hopes that “the debate can focus on how the two professions can use their combined force to improve outcome for patients”.

 

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 10043856

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