RPS Wales responds to fall of Public Health Bill

18 Mar 2016

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Welsh Pharmacy Board are extremely disappointed that the Public Health Bill has been rejected by the National Assembly for Wales. We are concerned that this action has not prioritised the health needs of the people of Wales.

We call upon political parties to give serious consideration to aspects of this important Bill following the Welsh elections and in particular to drive forward the introduction of a Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment as part of the wider health agenda. We also call on the next Welsh Government to address potential public health issues due to normalisation of smoking in public places and to avoid recruitment of non-smokers, particularly young people, through the use of e-cigarettes.