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Health Services (Cornwall)

Volume 486: debated on Monday 12 January 2009

The Petition of residents of Cornwall, and others,

Declares the Petitioners’ concern that the Pharmacy White Paper could result in many rural practices having to stop dispensing medicines to their patients; and further declares that the dispensing of medicines by such practices is often vital to patients who live in more isolated areas.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Secretary of State for Health to protect the rural dispensing of medicines.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.—[Presented by Mr. Mark Prisk, Official Report, 19 November 2008; Vol. 483, c. 333.]

[P000289]

Observations from the Secretary of State for Health:

The consultation on a number of proposals for legislative and structural reform to National Health Service pharmaceutical services arising from the White Paper Pharmacy in England: Building on strengths—delivering the future closed on 20th November 2008.

As part of this consultation, we put forward options for possible reform of GP dispensing arrangements on which we sought views. We are aware of the strength of the responses we received on the various options for amending the criteria for dispensing by doctors. We have taken into account the views expressed and have announced that there will be no change to the current arrangements on GPs dispensing medicines to their patients.