RPS Wales has welcomed the publication of the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee’s first report on the Public Health (Wales) Bill which recognises a number of key points we have made to help steer the direction of this important legislation.
The current provisions of the bill proposes to change the arrangements for determining applications for entry onto the pharmaceutical list of local health boards to a system based on the pharmaceutical needs of local communities (Pharmaceutical Needs Assessments). We have supported this proposal whilst highlighting to the Welsh Government and Assembly Members the need for new provisions that enable patients to fully benefit from the clinical expertise of pharmacists. This is recognised in the main body of the report.
Commenting on the publication of the report, Suzanne Scott-Thomas, Chair of the RPS Wales Pharmacy Board said:
“I’m pleased to see that the Committee has taken on board the points that we have consistently raised about the importance of pharmaceutical needs assessments. A wider definition of pharmaceutical services is an essential step to greater involvement of pharmacists in public health interventions. It is vital that the term ‘pharmaceutical services’ is recognised by Local Health Boards in these wider terms when local services are planned. We are pleased that these issues continue to be recognised by decision makers as the bill progresses.”
The general principles of the bill will be debated by the Assembly on 28 February before proceeding to its next stage. RPS Wales will continue to monitor the bill’s progression, listen to our members and contribute to this process on behalf of the profession.
RPS Wales’s full response to the public consultation on the Public Health Bill can be found in our consultations page.