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NHS: Pharmaceutical Services

Volume 712: debated on Wednesday 1 July 2009

Questions

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To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to publish draft regulations setting out the structure and content of pharmaceutical needs assessments. [HL4510]

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to incorporate elements of the national vascular risk assessment programme in draft regulations for pharmaceutical needs assessments. [HL4511]

To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received regarding the formulation of regulations on pharmaceutical needs assessments. [HL4512]

We expect to publish draft regulations on the detailed requirements for pharmaceutical needs assessments (PNAs) by early 2010, working with the advisory group whose formation was announced by my right honourable friend the Minister of State (Mr Mike O’Brien) in a Written Ministerial Statement on 18 June 2009, Official Report, Commons; cols. WS 31-32.

We anticipate primary care trusts will reflect in their pharmaceutical needs assessments what contribution community pharmacy can make to support implementation of public health and prevention programmes such as NHS health checks. We do not believe such matters require regulatory action although we will consider this further with the advisory group.

We have received a wide range of representations on our proposals for PNAs which now form part of the Health Bill 2009 and the regulations to implement them, including responses to the consultation last autumn. These will be considered further with the advisory group.