Archives for August 20th, 2004

PRESCRIPTIONS DISPENSED ON LINE

Headlines, PublicNet: 20 August, 2004

Better accesses to pharmacies will result from sweeping away many of the restrictions which limit the service provided to the public. Companies will be able to set up on-line and mail order pharmacies without having traditional ‘bricks and mortar’ outlets. This will bring in a range of new providers of pharmaceutical services.The new legislation provides, in some cases, for the removal of the requirement for companies considering opening a pharmacy and dispensing NHS prescriptions to apply to their local primary care organisation for a contract. The ‘control of entry test’ will not apply providing the proposed pharmacy is part of a large shopping development, or will be open for more than 100 hours each week, or it will be part of consortia developing new one-stop primary care centres.

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VISION OF SOCIAL CARE PUT ON HOLD

Headlines, PublicNet: 20 August, 2004

A paper by health minister Stephen Ladyman setting out a new vision for social care, which was due to be published about now has been put on hold. The decision follows publication of the findings of a survey by the Social Care Institute for Excellence which presents differing views of where social care should go in the 21st century.The survey reveals limited radical thinking about services. Responses concentrated on the means of delivering services through processes and systems, rather than the end result. There was also an assumption in responses that the “professional” always does the assessment rather than the individual with support needs.

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