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Strong-armed, or what?

Iain Duncan Smith recently created a furore when he resigned from the government as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. Yet, in the midst of the media storm his resignation created, an equally sensational story about the NHS crept under the radar. It came from former Lib Dem MP and minister in the coalition government David Laws, and it concerned the vexed question of how much extra money the NHS actually needs up to the year 2020.

NHS close-up

Never a week goes by these days when the NHS isn’t an entire news story. Normally we would admire, empathise and support the stresses and pressures, but until you become a patient you can’t really write a meaningful sentence about it. Since January I’ve had a bad upper respiratory tract infection. What started as a few days of non-stop coughing gave way to conking out mid-cough. It happened anytime, anywhere and after the frequency of attacks increased from once daily up to 10 or more times daily, I called 111.

Health Warning

I am profoundly disturbed by the government’s decision to cut our funding by 6 per cent: it is no less than an act of wanton destruction. By the government’s own estimates, as many as 3,000 pharmacies could be forced out. Obviously, our representative bodies should present a united front to fight this cut, but from what I have seen they haven’t actually grasped the underlying issue – that this is simply another step in a cynical assault on the NHS.Pharmacy Voice produced the most vigorous protest, but it won’t have the slightest effect.

NHSE claims success at reducing antibiotic prescribing

Antibiotic prescribing down 7.9 per cent in 2015 compared to 2014

All-party group calls for national self-care strategy

NHS is failing to use self care to tackle rising demand for scarce resources, says report

NHSE funds national antibiotic resistance programme

Up to £150,000 available to each CCG to fund measures to tackle antimicrobial resistance

Fun and games from the DH

Alistair Burt, the Heath Department Minister who has pharmacy within his portfolio, cried off at the last minute from attending the NPA’s triennial dinner in November last year. He apparently pleaded parliamentary business. But could it be that the pay cut for pharmacy that was shortly to be announced made him a reluctant attender. He could reasonably have expected that NPA chairman Ian Strachan would have made a strong case (as Ian did) for expanding the role of community pharmacists in the hard-pressed NHS and he surely would have known that pharmacy was about to face a severe haircut in the form of a reduced global sum.

PSNC issues service development proposals to DH

Proposals include repeat dispensing as default, patient registration and enhanced medicines optimisation

Local emergency supply scheme would save £120k

NHS-funded emergency supply scheme is a viable option to reduce NHS workload, concludes study

Reaching for the unachievable

Let’s say you were responsible for running pharmacy UK and developing the vision. Just pretend. Imagine you are in your mahogany-lined office on the 35th floor and you hear a timid knock on the door. Enter the chief executive officer. Slightly stooped, he produces a spotless, freshly ironed handkerchief and nervously polishes his gold, round-framed spectacles. He slides a spreadsheet across your desk, clears his throat and murmurs: “These are the pharmacy numbers for the last quarter.”

Pharmacy could deliver Health Checks more efficiently, says study

NHS Health Checks helped prevent at least 2,500 heart attacks and strokes in five years

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