Pharmacy Voice is keeping up pressure on MPs as the Government’s NHS reform legislation reaches its critical Third Reading stage in the House of Commons. Pharmacy Voice has written to senior parliamentarians to propose amendments to the Health and Social Care Bill. These would help create a fairer and more effective commissioning process, keep bureaucracy to a minimum, and ensure that the needs of the community are properly taken into account whilst tapping into the expertise of the full range of local healthcare providers, including pharmacy.
Pharmacy Voice chief executive, Rob Darracott, said:
“Since the NHS reforms were first proposed, Pharmacy Voice has worked tirelessly to keep pharmacy high on the political agenda, and at this critical parliamentary stage we are issuing specific legislative recommendations that will improve the Bill. Following lobbying from Pharmacy Voice and others, the Government has already committed to involving a wider range of healthcare professionals in decision-making, and to meaningful accountability in commissioning arrangements. We now want this commitment enshrined in law and are asking MPs to support amendments to this effect. At the same time as lobbying parliament, we continue to develop relationships with emerging decision-makers in the reformed structures, including local government, clinical commissioning groups and national agencies in transition. Tomorrow, Pharmacy Voice meets with local government leaders for a roundtable discussion on advancing public health and independent living.”
Throughout the passage of the legislation, Pharmacy Voice has called for:
Pharmacy Voice worked with the influential NHS Future Forum, which reviewed the NHS reform proposals during the Spring and Summer. A formal Future Forum listening exercise took place at the National Pharmacy Association conference in May.