Latest updates from your local medical community
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) are aware of the ongoing manufacturing issues that have affected the supply of some Hormone Replacement Therapy(HRT) products throughout 2019. Prescribing information regarding HRT equivalence to support local decision making is available through various sources such as the British National Formulary, Summary of Product Characteristics (SPC), The Monthly Index of Medical Specialities (MIMS), and other sources including local Medicines Information Centres.
The BMA has signed a joint statement with 10 other health organisations and unions, warning of the danger that no-deal poses to the NHS, and urging the Government to take it off the table. The statement warns that a no-deal could lead to vital medicine shortages and intensify the NHS staffing crisis, whilst the economic shock would hit the health service particularly hard. The Chair of the BMA Council, Chaand Nagpaul, told The Independent: "From our valuable EU workforce to the supply of vital medicines, and collaboration on medical research to Irish cross-boarder health arrangements, there is practically no area of health that will be unaffected if we crash out without a deal."
NHS England and NHS Improvement has published the final version of the PCN development guidance and prospectus, including a refreshed maturity matrix with a simple diagnostic Excel tool to help PCNs understand their local support needs. Full details can be read here: https://www.pcc-cic.org.uk/sites/default/files/articles/attachments/pcn_development_support_prospectus_final_2_002.pdf
Many of you will have seen the recent claims from NHS England that ending half-day closures could save more than 280,000 GP appointments a year. The GPC responded promptly and publicly stating that as we know, GP practices are working hard to deliver the best possible services with the resources available as they strive to meet the growing needs of their patients. In many cases, GPs not only work long hours during the day but also deliver services out-of-hours and with many doctors also working evenings and weekends. GP practices want to deliver the best for their communities but with significant workforce shortages, and a failure of NHS England to invest in much needed premises and IT infrastructure, it's left GPs under greater pressure than ever before.
Following the contract agreement in England earlier this year, the GMS and PMS amendment regulations have been laid before Parliament and have now been published on the gov.uk website here:
These amendment regulations will come into force from 1st October 2019. As usual, this is an amendment and not a new consolidated version of the full regulations.
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