DoH considers quality framework for pharmacies plan

The DoH is considering introducing a quality framework for pharmacies, a consultation document has revealed.

The department has been consulting pharmacists and other stakeholders on plans outlined in the Pharmacy White Paper, which are intended to improve pharmaceutical services. The subjects discussed included ways to ensure the quality of services.

In a summary of responses published this week, the DoH says that the consultation found ‘a widely held view’ that any financial incentives to ensure good services should be a ‘positive inducement rather than a negative threat’.

It adds that, ‘There were several calls for a national framework or ‘pharmacy Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF)’ - similar to that currently being used by GPs’.

Last month the government backed down on plans to rewrite the rules on dispensing practices.

Full details of the pharmacy Bill, including its implications for dispensing doctors, are expected before the end of this month.

jonn.elledge@haymarket.com

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