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Volume 482: debated on Wednesday 5 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will meet the Dispensing Doctors Association to discuss the Pharmacy White Paper consultations. (232243)

The Pharmacy White Paper “Pharmacy in England: Building on Strengths - delivering the future” published on 3 April 2008 set out the Government’s programme for taking forward national health service pharmaceutical services. The Department held a series of well-attended national events in May 2008 to hear views on the programme and its implementation, including ideas concerning dispensing doctors. A summary report of these events has been placed in the Library and was published on the Department’s website on 27 August at:

In addition, the Department has also met various stakeholders, including members of the Dispensing Doctors Association (DDA), subsequent to publication to discuss areas in more detail, and would be happy to arrange further meetings with them.

We are currently consulting, as promised in the White Paper. “Pharmacy in England: Building on Strengths - delivering the future - proposals for legislative change” was published on 27 August 2008 and a copy has already been placed in the Library. The consultation ends on 20 November 2008. This consultation is also supported by national listening events, which representatives of the DDA are attending in significant numbers.