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Poots launches pharmacy service public consultation

Health Minister Edwin Poots is seeking the views of patients, clients, services users, service providers and citizens about how pharmacy in the community can support improved health outcomes for the NI population.
Monday, 29 July 2013

Launching a public consultation on an updated strategy for the provision of pharmacy services in the community Minister Poots said: “Under Transforming Your Care (TYC) and at the core of my vision for our health and social care system is the need to raise the quality of care, improve outcomes, and enhance the patient experience.

“I recognise that the provision of safe, high quality pharmacy services that meet the needs of the community has a key role to play in delivering this vision.

“A priority for me as Health Minister is to see the development of effective and efficient commissioning of pharmacy services in accessible community settings that contribute towards improving the health and wellbeing of our population and support the delivery of more care closer to home.

“I am therefore pleased to announce for public consultation an updated strategy for the provision of pharmacy services in the community.”

The purpose of the Strategy is to provide a clear direction for the delivery of pharmacy services in the community over the next five years aligned with current policies and changing population demographics and needs.

The strategy identifies four areas where pharmacy in the community will contribute most to improving health outcomes by;

  • Helping people to gain better outcomes from medicines.
  • Helping people to live longer, healthier lives.
  • Helping people to safely avail of care closer to home.
  • Helping people to benefit from advances in treatment and technology.

The consultation stage is designed to allow everyone to contribute to the strategic direction for pharmacy and can be accessed on the DHSSPS website

The Consultation runs for 14 weeks from 29 July to 1 November 2013.

The Minister concluded: “I think it is very important that as many people as possible engage with this important consultation. Your views can make a difference in how pharmacy services in the community are delivered in the future."

Notes to editors:

1. “Making it Better through Pharmacy in the Community” can be viewed online

2. Media enquiries to the DHSSPS Press Office on 028 9052 0505. Out of office hours please contact the Duty Press Office via pager number on 07699 715 440 and your call will be returned.