NPA response to review of pharmacy representation and support in England
19 Jun 2020
Professor David Wright has published his review into community pharmacy representation and support in England.
Amongst the 33 recommendations for the future is a new integrated Local Pharmaceutical Committee/PSNC structure in which the elected PSNC Committee would be replaced by a Council of LPC Chairs.
NPA chief executive, Mark Lyonette, said:
“If adopted, these recommendations will amount to a radical overhaul of how community pharmacy is represented and supported in England.
“A great deal of thought has gone into these recommendations, so they merit our serious consideration. The NPA won’t rush to judgement on the proposals; instead it’s our job now to help independent pharmacies and local representatives of independent community pharmacy to examine the implications, and to anticipate any unintended consequences. It will take time to build awareness amongst very busy contractors and plug their informed opinion into the discussions ahead.
“A key question for us is whether the changes proposed will deliver a better, more sustainable NHS contract for our members than they have now.
“Whatever structure emerges needs to allow the distinctive voice of independents to be heard, and must work for everyone, big and small.”
Pharmacy contractors can ask Professor Wright questions in his webinar at 7.00pm on Monday 29th June. PSNC and LPC Members will meet digitally on Wednesday 8th July to consider his recommendations. This is likely to be followed by working group activity over the summer and further engagement with contractors
If the proposals are adopted, Professor Wright has predicted that it will take at least two years for many of the changes to be fully implemented.
See the full report at www.pharmacy-review.org
The NPA’s Michael Lennox discusses the results of the Wright Review with Vikki Furneaux of Monkbar Pharmacy and NPA board members Reena Barai and Oliver Picard.
The NPA’s Michael Lennox discusses the Wright Review with Aneet Kapoor, Raj Matharu, Mark Burdon and Reena Barai.
The NPA’s Chair and Chief Executive, Andrew Lane and Mark Lyonette, share early reactions and implications of the Wright review for independent contractors here.
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