White Paper win and VAT guarantee for dispensers

Dispensing doctors have breathed a sigh of relief, after a pair of threats to their income failed to materialise.

Doctors' groups had warned that plans in last year's pharmacy White Paper would stop many practices dispensing, and force patients to travel farther.

But last month health minister Phil Hope admitted dispensing rules would not be changed because of 'the strength of responses' to a consultation.

Shadow conservative health secretary Andew Lansley said: 'The government could have saved time and effort if it had listened to us in the first place.'

Meanwhile, the BMA is forecasting that last month's VAT change will mean 'no operational problems' for practices. It had sought a clarification because of concerns the 2.5 per cent tax cut would make it harder for practices to claim back VAT.

jonn.elledge@haymarket.com

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