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An MP has called on clinical commissioning groups to recognise pharmacy expertise as a means of helping address winter pressures in the NHS.

In a House of Commons debate on Wednesday, Simon Hoare, MP for North Dorset, called for more to be done to promote community pharmacy services. But he also suggested that CCG boards might address the problem better if they had a pharmacist among their ranks.

“We should be focusing on far better advertisements for the use of our pharmacies, and we should ensure that community pharmacies are a much more collegiate network of service provision, taking pressure off GPs and A&E departments,” he said.

“I urge the Minister to ensure that CCGs are better encouraged to make sure that their boards include a representative from the pharmacy community. This siloed approach does not help the provision of care for our constituents.”

Giving his response at the end of the debate, health minister Steve Brine said community pharmacies “play a key part, and better integration of them within the NHS is part of the prevention and primary care agenda. I completely agree with the points that [Mr Hoare] made.”

The latest flu figures, published on January 11, show that over the last week, there has been:

  • a 78% increase in the GP consultation rate with flu like illness;
  • a 50% increase in the flu hospitalisation rate;
  • a 65% increase in the flu intensive care admission rate.

In addition, the Scottish Government announced that “the number of people suffering from flu-like illnesses in Scotland more than doubled in the first week of 2018 compared to the previous week and is four times higher than the same week in 2017.” Health Protection Scotland’s latest report showed that 107 people per 100,000 of the Scottish population were diagnosed in the week ending January 7. This was up from 46 per 100,000 in the last week of 2017.

Dara for Wales indicates that flu is increasing and is above the threshold for expected seasonal activity at medium levels. There were 37.7 GP consultations per 100,000 practice population, which is above the Moving Epidemic Method (MEM) threshold for medium level flu activity of 16.5 consultations per 100,000.

Public Health England said flu A(H3N2), A(H1N1) and Flu B continue to be the main strains circulating. It has also launched the ‘Catch It, Bin It, Kill It’ campaign, with the Department of Health and Social Care. “The campaign includes radio, press and digital advertising to inform the public about the steps they can take to protect themselves and reduce spread of the virus by practising good respiratory hand hygiene,” said PHE.

A joint letter from Professor Paul Cosford, Medical Director of PHE, Sir Bruce Keogh, Medical Director of NHS England and the Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies, has been sent out urging all frontline healthcare workers to have the flu vaccination, if they have not had it already.

“Our data shows that more people are visiting GPs with flu symptoms and we are seeing more people admitted to hospital with flu,” said Prof Cosford. “We are currently seeing a mix of flu types, including the A(H3N2) strain that circulated last winter in the UK and then in Australia. The A(H3N2) strain particularly affects older, more vulnerable age groups.

“We encourage anyone who is eligible to take up their offer of the flu vaccine – it is not too late. People suffering with flu-like symptoms should catch coughs or sneezes in tissues and bin them immediately, wash their hands regularly with soap and warm water and frequently clean regularly used surfaces to stop the spread of flu. Avoid having unnecessary contact with other people if you or they have symptoms of flu.”

Links: 
Hansard Report – House of Commons debate ‘NHS Winter Crisis’ January 10 2018                
PHE announcement         
Scottish Government announcement      
Public Health Wales announcement         
PHE ‘Influenza Surveillance Report: Week 01 2018’            

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