RPS and the government's first 100 days

With the new government recently marking its first 100 days in office, RPS English Board Chair Sandra Gidley this week wrote to all RPS members in England to set out what the RPS has been engaging government about on their behalf.

In June, the Health and Social Care Information Centre announced the rollout of read access to Summary Care Records to all community pharmacies, in July NHS England announced a national flu vaccination service as well as a £15 million pilot to support the employment of up to 250 pharmacists in GP practices, and earlier this month the new Pharmacy Minister Alistair Burt - whom Sandra met in July - confirmed the government’s intent to table rebalancing legislation this year in this interview with The Pharmaceutical Journal.
RPS has been taking new MPs on pharmacy visits up and down the country, Public Health England is echoing RPS's call for e-cigarettes to be licensed and regulated, and just this week the Department of Health has given its backing to its I Love My Pharmacist competition which recognises the fantastic work done by pharmacists in all healthcare settings.
Sandra added:
“It’s been an extraordinary summer for pharmacy. Like many of you, I was disappointed at the lack of national commissioning of a minor ailments service, but we’re continuing to press for this, and we’re also fighting hard to get the rebalancing provisions extended to cover hospital pharmacists and to make the case for all pharmacists to have write access to patient records.
“Over the coming months, we’ll also be opposing the recently-announced cuts to public health funding, working to protect pharmacists as Parliament debates assisted dying and fighting proposals to weaken the rules on the use of unproven drugs, and we’re looking forward to taking all this to politicians at their party conferences.”
You can find out more about RPS’s public affairs work on the Talking To Government webpages or by following @RPS_Stakeholder on Twitter, and RPS members can also join the Your Voice in Government network.