Today the Department for Transport has issued a press release calling on pharmacies to support a new year campaign to help customers understand the changes to drug driving legislation coming into force in March 2015.
Following confirmation at the time of the recent 2014/15 Funding Settlement announcement that the proportion of targetted MURs is to increase (with the addition of cardiovascular risk factors) from 50% to 70% there is now confirmation that the new Directions will come in to effect from 1st January.
However, although the Sectetary of State Directions are expected to be published in the January 2015 Drug Tariff, contractors will not be required to actually achieve the 70% target level until the beginning of the new NHS year (1st April 2015).
In its recent Health & Wellbeing Newsletter to Hampshire residents the Council has drawn attention to the services available from Community Pharmacy. The relevant section is reproduced below for your information.....
Pharmacy Voice, Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) and the Independent Pharmacy Federation (IPF) today challenged policy makers and commissioners to champion community pharmacy.
The 2015 Community Pharmacy Manifesto, launched by Rt Hon Sir Kevin Barron MP, Chair of the All Party Pharmacy Group, at the House of Commons calls for politicians to sign up to five key pledges.
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