The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has published a consultation on behalf of the four UK Health Departments on the following draft Orders:
- The draft Pharmacy (Preparation and Dispensing Errors – Hospitals and Other Pharmacy Services) Order 2018 – and
- The draft Pharmacy (Responsible Pharmacists, Superintendent Pharmacists etc.) Order 2018
Duncan Rudkin, Chief Executive of the GPhC, said:
"This UK-wide consultation includes a number of significant proposals. We would encourage all those working across the pharmacy sector, as well as patients and the public, to take part in the consultation and help shape the final legislation."
“It is important that defences for dispensing errors are extended to pharmacists and pharmacy technicians working in hospitals and other specified settings at the earliest possible opportunity, and the launch of the consultation is a step towards that."
“We will be responding to the consultation in due course after discussing the proposals with our Council. We also very much welcome the debate about the best way to strengthen the legal framework around important roles of superintendents and responsible pharmacists.”