What changes do MPs want to see in a new community pharmacy contract?
MPs of the All Party Pharmacy Group (APPG) have called for an urgent boost for community pharmacy’s role in the care of long-term conditions (LTCs) ahead of new contract negotiations.
The MPs argue that by 2020 patients with LTCs should have a care plan that allows them to set goals for treatment and review progress with a pharmacist.
It adds that pharmacists performing this function must have full read and write access to patient records, and NHS England should improve integration of services by aligning contracts and incentives.
Clinical commissioning groups should provide access to high quality services designed to enable patients to self-care. These services should align with new national service specifications.
Further, patients across England must be provided with the same levels of service by 2020. If these are not provided by local commissioners, NHS England should step in and provide services.
All Party Pharmacy Group chair Sir Kevin Barron said his committee’s expectation was that the government will enter the new negotiations with these recommendations in mind.