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Dispensing Services

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 16 December 2008

20. To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received on the future of dispensing services operated by GPs. (243650)

Following the publication of the White Paper “Pharmacy in England: Building on strengths - delivering the future” in April 2008, we have received a large amount of correspondence from dispensing practices, their patients and the public.

We have also received several tens of thousands of responses to the consultation, “Pharmacy in England - Building on strengths, delivering the future - Proposals for legislative change” which was published on 27 August 2008 and closed on 20 November 2008.

We recognise the concerns that are being expressed by dispensing doctors, their staff and patients. We will make our decision as quickly as possible, following full consideration of the responses received.