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Birmingham Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment

Dear Fatumo, Here are the responses to the PNA consultation from Birmingham LMC

1. There is an admission in the consultation documentation that MURs are evidence-free.The LMC believes therefore that these should immediately be decommissioned.

2. There is as yet no evidence on the effectiveness of minor ailment schemes in the city effectively reducing general practice workload.The opposite may indeed be the case.Please ensure that evidence confirming the reduction of general practice workload is forthcoming from the current roll-out, otherwise the scheme should be decommissioned.

3. A need for the current pharmacy flu vaccination “pilot” scheme was not identified in your previous PNA.The pilot was shambolically introduced without consultation with GP practices and has had numerous, entirely predictable, indeed inevitable, unintended consequences for them and their vaccination campaigns, jeopardising the delivery of this vital service through GP practices.It should be immediately withdrawn and not repeated; it is untenable that a pharmacy scheme could ever “compliment“ as opposed to compete with a holistic GP led service and would never be in patients’ best interests.

The LMC trusts that you will take its views on board.

Dr. Robert Morley
Executive Secretary
Birmingham Local Medical Committee

36 Harborne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 3AF

Tel. 0121-454 5008, Fax. 0121-455 0758
Office email:
Birmingham Local Medical Committee
Supporting the Business of General Practice

Birmingham Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) Consultation

Invitation to Participate

What is the PNA?

From 1st April 2013, every Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB) in England has a statutory responsibility to publish and keep up to date a statement of the needs for pharmaceutical services of the population in its area, referred to as a Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA).

The PNA looks at the current provision of pharmaceutical services across Birmingham and whether this meets the current and future needs of the population and identifies any potential gaps to service delivery.Birmingham’s HWB is currently undertaking its first PNA for publication by 1 April 2015.

The PNA is a key document which will be used by NHS England to inform decisions regarding applications for new or changes to, existing pharmaceutical services. PNAs will also be used by NHS England to make decisions in the commissioning of NHS-funded services that can be provided by local community pharmacies. In addition, Local Authorities and Clinical Commissioning Groups can also use the PNA when commissioning services to meet local health needs and priorities.


Birmingham’s draft PNA consultation is open for 60 days. Consultation begins on Friday 10th October 2014 and ends on the Monday 8th December 2014.

We thank those who are taking the time to participate in the consultation and provide us with feedback.

Completing survey

• Follow this link to complete the PNA Consultation Survey

• If you require further information you can contact us

All information provided will remain anonymous and kept strictly confidential. It will be used only for the stated purposes and will not be passed on to a third party.

Next steps

The feedback and the comments from the consultation will be considered and amendments made to the PNA as necessary. The HWB will publish the final PNA in spring 2015.


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