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Read your PNA consultation document, DDA conference told

Accurate controlled locality maps are vital to the GP dispensing service

October 21st 2021

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By Ailsa Colquhoun

Do find the time to read your PNA consultation document, and submit your views, said Primary Care Commissioning advisor Charlotte Goodson in her DDA 2021 Conference presentation.

Noting the recent publication of PNA guidance ahead of the 2022 update, she highlighted that dispensing GPs should at least check that their controlled locality is correctly mapped, as this affects a practice’s dispensing rights.

Gaps in the PNA will also allow applications by pharmacies which offer unforeseen benefits to the locality covered by the PNA.

She said that the PNA drafting process may include a dispensing doctor questionnaire. She said: “If there is it is strongly recommended that you respond.” LMCs should be part of the draft PNA steering group so will be part of the decision-making in relation to gaps in current service provision.

The presentation, entitled: Keeping your dispensing rights when things are going to change, also looked at provisions in the dispensing regulations for changes such as:

  • Dispensing from new and additional premises
  • Dispensing to a new area
  • Mergers, including with a non-dispensing practice.

Before changing dispensing arrangements, practices are advised to clarify their dispensing rights – whether these are historic or outline consent, Ms Goodson advised. “If there are no records, you should speak to your LMC and with its help, try to reach an agreement on your rights with the CCG.”

View the full presentation.