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Pharmacy sees enhanced service commissioning fall, but MURs rise by 16 per cent

By News team

The number of local enhanced services commissioned from community pharmacies in England fell by 2.7 per cent to 28,507 in 2012-13, compared with 29,283 in the previous year, reveal new data from the Health and Social Care Information Centre, released last week (20 November 2013). ?

The statistics also show that a total of 2.8 million medicines use reviews were conducted in 2012-13, compared with 2.4 million in 2011-12, an increase of 386,287 (15.9 per cent).

Commenting on the data around enhanced services, Alastair Buxton, head of NHS services at the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee, told PJ Online that it is difficult to draw any firm conclusions because the data were collected as primary care trusts prepared to be dissolved, so may not be an accurate reflection of what was happening.

He added: “It is also important to be aware that as we are now working in a completely new commissioning environment, while these data may be of historical interest, they are not a useful indicator of the present situation. At the PSNC, we continue to support local pharmaceutical committees in their work to negotiate local pharmacy services and we are optimistic that the sector can continue to sell the value of its services to commissioners in the reformed NHS.”

According to the HSCIC report, of the 20 types of local enhanced services commissioned by PCTs, the most common in 2012-13 were stop smoking services (20.2 per cent), followed by supervised administration services (18.8 per cent), minor ailment schemes (12.1 per cent) and patient group directions (11.7 per cent).

The report also indicates that there were 11,495 community pharmacies in England on 31 March 2013, a rise of 2.3 per cent from 11,236 in the previous year.  The number of prescription items dispensed by community pharmacies in 2012-13 increased by 3.3 per cent to 914.3 million.


Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 11130987

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