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LPCs merging in preparation for NHS reforms

By News team

Local pharmaceutical committees are merging or forming greater ties with their neighbours as they prepare for the new landscape created by the Government’s NHS reforms in England.

Next month (April 2012), a new LPC will be created following the official merger of three committees: Leeds; Calderdale and Kirklees; and Bradford and Airedale.

The move follows a similar decision last year by contractors in Tyneside, who came together to form the new North of Tyne LPC, formed from a merger between the North Tyne and Northumberland committees.

According to LPC leaders, the mergers are an attempt to create a more powerful pharmacy base and speak with a stronger voice during negotiations with clinical commissioning groups and health and wellbeing boards — the NHS bodies that are being established through the Health and Social Care Bill, which gained royal assent this week.

Mike King, head of LPC and contractor support at the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee, said the PSNC is keen for LPCs to reflect on their formation in light of the changes ahead.

He said: "An evolution is going on at the moment. We are encouraging [LPCs] to look at the future ways of working in the new commissioning environment and to look at their own size and whether they are fit for purpose.

"They may come to the conclusion that the current LPC is the most effective way of doing things."

Take a look at how LPCs are changing here

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 11098326

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