Hancock urged to remove script charges ‘to save lives’

Latest

Hancock urged to remove script charges ‘to save lives’

In Latest

Health secretary Matt Hancock has been urged to scrap prescription charges temporarily to help reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission for patients and dispensers.

In a joint letter from PSNC, the British Medical Association (BMA) and the Dispensing Doctors Association (DDA) on Friday April 24, Mr Hancock was warned that the requirement for patients in England to provide a signature and payment unless they are exempt from charges puts both patients and pharmacy staff “at increased risk through unnecessary contact”.

Dispensers “come into significant face to face contact with a number of people” and "are just as at risk as other key workers, including their colleagues working in hospitals," the bodies warned.

The letter welcomed the recent decision to extend validity periods for exemption certificates “as a first step in reducing unnecessary contact” but said further action was needed.

For example, the requirement to seek signatures from patients “is not appropriate” at present and it should suffice to obtain their personal details in all circumstances, including where controlled drugs are being supplied.

The letter goes on to recommend that prescription charges should be scrapped altogether for a period to “allow for a smoother and safer prescription procedure for all,” arguing that as long as charges are in place “an increased level of risk still exists for dispensers and patients”.

The joint plea finishes: “We ask that you give consideration to this approach and consider carefully the impact that removing the need for prescription signatures and prescription charges will have to save lives – protecting vulnerable patients and those working daily on the frontline to dispense prescriptions at a time of heightened risk to their own safety and that of their families.”

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has also recently called on the Government to scrap the charge in England for the duration of the pandemic.

Record my learning outcomes

Latest

Inspiring stories related to health, fitness and the pursuit of wellbeing

Share:

More like this

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

Locate a Locum Learning launched

Locate Learning launches today, increasing members access to extensive learning library.

1 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

MHRA issues thermometer warning

MHRA issues thermometer warning after increase in the number of unreliable products available in the UK. 

1 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

Nearly 90 per cent of adults would have tested positive for Covid-19 antibodies in June, says ONS

ONS estimates vast majority would have had antibodies in mid-June.

1 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

New NHS clinics to provide pelvic floor support for women

Pregnant women and new mums are to receive support from new NHS clinics.

1 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

NICE recommends mental health support for people with acne

Mental health support is key in managing acne vulgaris, says clinical watchdog.

1 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

RPS calls for action on women's health inequalities

Action is needed to reduce the inequalities faced by women when accessing health services, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society has said. 

1 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

Reports of potential bidding war over LloydsPharmacy

LloydsPharmacy could be the target of a three-way bidding war fought among financial investors over the next few weeks, it has been reported.

1 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

Dukes to leave PSNC in September

PSNC chief executive Simon Dukes will leave his post at the end of September after just over three and-a-half years in the role.

1 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

NHSE: Pharmacy must speak 'as one' to gain power

Community pharmacies need to speak 'as one' to gain greater influence within primary care, a senior NHS England official has said. 

1 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

E-cig loophole puts minors at risk, Government told

A charity criticises the government for failing to close a loophole allowing companies to hand out free e-cigarettes to under-18s. 

1 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

Lloyds pulls nasal spray over 'bold' Covid claims

LloydsPharmacy has "paused" sales of a £15 nasal spray that claims to neutralise the coronavirus before it can make people ill.

1 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

DH sets ambitious targets for winter flu programme

The Department of Health and Social Care announces that it aims to vaccinate 85 per cent of people aged 65 and over against influenza.

1 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

Wright review group to hold focus groups to form proposals

The Wright review steering group will hold a series of online focus groups and workshops this month and in August.

1 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

Two Solihull pharmacists jailed for illegal supply of POMs

Dean Dookhan and Narvinder Nandra pleaded guilty to two charges concerning the illegal supply of 21,000 Zolpidem pills.

1 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

Pharmacist to run London marathon for charity

Pharmacist Mohammed Hussain will run the London marathon to raise money for Pharmacist Support.

1 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

Boots opens flu jab bookings as demand soars

Boots says it has opened bookings for its winter flu jab service amid reports of soaring demand. 

1 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

Running app downloaded over five million times this month

The Couch to 5K app contains advice and information from a celebrity coach to help users record their progress. 

1 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

Drug companies fined £260m for "excessive and unfair" price hikes to hydrocortisone tablets over a 10 year period.

1 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

IBS sufferers worried about return to workplace

People with irritable bowel syndrome are anxious about lockdown easing and the prospect of going back to the workplace contributing to their symptoms.

1 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

GPhC too soft on corporate multiples claims PDA

The GPhC is disproportionately tough on individual registrants compared to pharmacy owners and premises, the PDA has claimed. 

1 Min Article

Recommended Learning

bookmark icon off
Bayer Business Programme

Let's talk tech: Using technology to drive your business

This training offers insights into making the most of technology and the commercial opportunities this can offer your business.

 

8 Min Module

bookmark icon off
Sponsored education

Managing heartburn and indigestion in the pharmacy

Learn how to identify and help customers manage heartburn and indigestion, from recommending the right products to ease symptoms, to self-care advice and identifying red flags for referral

10 Min Module

bookmark icon off
Sponsored education

VIAGRA CONNECT: Key knowledge update

Update your knowledge of erection problems with key learning updates from recent research

2 Min Module

bookmark icon off
Sponsored education

Advising customers of a unique formulation for a blocked and runny nose from colds

Understand the differences between topical medication for nasal symptoms of the common cold, and topical medication for ongoing nasal problems

25 Min Module

bookmark icon off
Sponsored education

Treating acid reflux and heartburn in the pharmacy

Understand how omeprazole 20mg works to treat heartburn and acid reflux symptoms

2 Min Module

Sponsored education

Constipation: Making effective recommendations

Learn how to help customers with constipation and find out how even brief conversations can have a positive influence on their health.

15 Min Module