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Pharmacy contraception services will be commissioned by local authorities, health minister confirms

By News team

Local authorities will be responsible for the commissioning and funding of contraception services provided by community pharmacists as part of the Government’s public health reforms, health minister Anne Milton has confirmed.

In a written reply to Parliament last week (11 February 2011), the minister said the Government is proposing that local councils will be responsible for commissioning “comprehensive open access sexual health services with ring-fenced public health budget money”.

She went on: “Local authorities will fund and commission contraceptive services (including through community pharmacies) for patients who do not wish to go to their GP or who have more complex needs.”

The new NHS commissioning board will commission contraception services currently available as an additional service under the GP contract, she said.

The proposals on funding and commissioning routes for public health are out for consultation until the end of March 2011.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 11068650

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