Hub and spoke legislation must benefit patient care

RPS has welcomed the opportunity provided by a change in legislation to enable community pharmacies to make use of hub and spoke dispensing but reaffirmed that patient care must be at the heart of future changes.

RPS President Professor Claire Anderson said:

"The choice provided by the new legislation is a positive outcome, and we support the aim of increasing capacity in community pharmacies. 

“Different hub and spoke models have been proposed in the consultation and it’s important that the models that are progressed provide benefits for patients and across the sector.

“New national guidance must be developed to clarify arrangements between hub and spoke, and this must be backed up by minimum regulatory standards and clear communications for the public.

“In all models, patients need to continue to have access to a pharmacist at the time of supply of medicines so they have the opportunity to discuss, ask questions or raise concerns, and receive appropriate information with counselling and advice. 

“Resilience of the medicines supply chain also needs to be considered if purchasing, dispensing and distribution of medicines happens via a handful of hubs.”

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