The Welsh Government is consulting upon the details of the draft of the NHS (Pharmaceutical Services) (Wales) Regulations 2020, which will revoke and replace the 2013 iteration.
The 2020 Regulations will build upon the changes introduced in 2017, which aimed to transform the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework to deliver more clinical services through community pharmacies.
The Regulations will introduce the requirement that each Health Board conduct and publish a ‘pharmaceutical needs assessment’ for its area, commencing on 1st April 2020. This will fundamentally change the way that Health Boards make decisions about pharmaceutical services, with a focus upon the needs of local communities.
The assessments will enable health boards to:
- be more responsive to the needs of the populations they serve, and ensure that pharmacy services are provided in locations where there is a legitimate need
- provide pharmacy contractors with increased certainty, reducing business risk and allowing them to invest in the delivery of a wider range of services than they do currently
- identify areas where there is a lack of quality or consistent delivery, and take appropriate measures to improve standards
Input from interested stakeholders is strongly encouraged, particularly from health boards, persons who may apply to provide NHS pharmaceutical services or dispensing doctor services, professional bodies with an interest in NHS pharmaceutical services, and the wider public.
The deadline for responses is 25th November 2019.
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