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scotland flag577x362June 30 2014
Pharmacy applications will be considered on controlled localities and prejudice test
New pharmacy applications in Scotland will have additional control of entry criteria applied following the introduction of new regulations on June 28.

An NHS Circular has set out more detail of how the new regulations will add to the existing requirements. In particular, NHS Circular PCA (P) (2014) 15 suggests how NHS Boards should consider whether an application for a pharmacy is in a controlled area, and if so, what sort of effect if any it might have on existing local NHS services.

The new regulations have been introduced after ongoing concerns about the impact new pharmacies can have in rural areas on the viability of dispensing GP practices. These rely on dispensing income to support the provision of other medical services in rural and remote areas.

The new regulations attempt to balance the rights of a local community to have the benefit of full pharmaceutical services, while maintaining general practice medical services.

Controlled localities will be where "the area is remote or rural in character, and is served by a dispensing doctor," says the Circular.

"Although it will always be clear whether an area is served by a dispensing doctor, there is no one way to define whether that area is remote or rural in character. Assessing an area as being remote or rural will require consideration of specific individual circumstances and factors to take into account in each area, and each case must be judged on that basis.

"The decision-maker’s judgement will depend on local knowledge and observation of each area under consideration." The Circular also recommends that a site visit is made.

Among the aspects that the NHS Board will need to take into account are the Scottish Government's own Urban/Rural Classification system, the number of existing amenities, facilities and services, and how local land is used alongside the local economy.

The local population demographics, employment, local infrastructure and public transport, and any existing planning proposals will also be taken into account.

If an application is being made in such a controlled area, then a prejudice test will be applied in addition to the 'necessary and desirable test'. It means that the NHS Board will have to consider "existing NHS healthcare services, specifically primary medical services and pharmaceutical services, and whether those services may be adversely affected were an application to be granted."

Link:

Scottish Government NHS Circular

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