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Commenting on the passing of the Health and Social Care Bill through Parliament after a long-standing battle over the past year, Mike Holden, speaking on behalf of Pharmacy Voice said..

During the passage of the Bill, we won the significant commitment from ministers that transparency and inclusivity must be a core aspect of the approval process for Clinical Commissioning Groups and for performance management of commissioners thereafter. Good governance of the emerging structures will be vitally important for our members. We need to know when and by whom decisions are being taken, so we can ensure our perspective reaches the right table at the right time.”

“The biggest problem with the reform agenda so far has NOT been the principled intent or substance of the Bill; it’s been the inevitable loss of focus, communication fracture, and attrition of energy amongst NHS management locally. Our fear was that legislation would drag on even longer, causing events on the ground to overtake it, and building in incoherence from the start.

“The reformation of structures – and in particular the establishment of a NHS Commissioning Board – provides an opportunity for cumbersome, duplicative local processes to be standardised and red tape to be reduced.  Local Professional Networks could turn out to be a powerful vehicle for meaningful pharmacy engagement in the commissioning process.

“Pharmacy must now accelerate efforts to engage with emerging commissioners, including those in local authorities, who will have a handle on ring-fenced public health monies.”

To help pharmacy representatives to understand the changes and to plan ahead for the future, Pharmacy Voice has published a ‘landscape document’. The Changing NHS and Public Health Landscape, is the second such landscape document produced by Pharmacy Voice, and will be followed by further editions.

Written by Scott Buckler
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 10:10

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