New law strengthens punishment for assaulting health sector workers

New law strengthens punishment for assaulting health sector workers

July 27 2018 A new law will increase the possible sentencing of someone who commits common...

Home Office gives go ahead to allow cannabis-derived medicinal products on prescription

Home Office gives go ahead to allow cannabis-derived medicinal products on prescription

July 27 2018 Certain cannabis-derived products will be reclassified as Class 2 medicinal...

Review on prescribed medicines sets out scope and terms of reference

Review on prescribed medicines sets out scope and terms of reference

July 24 2018 A review of prescribed medicines looking at the evidence of dependence and...

AMs recommend that pharmacists have access to palliative care data in Wales

AMs recommend that pharmacists have access to palliative care data in Wales

July 18 2018 Community pharmacists should be among those health professionals who are alerted to...

APTUK questions claims about pharmacy technicians’ desire to supervise medicines supplies

APTUK questions claims about pharmacy technicians’ desire to supervise medicines supplies

July 18 2018 The Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK is questioning a survey on pharmacy...

  • New law strengthens punishment for assaulting health sector workers

    New law strengthens punishment for assaulting health sector workers

    Friday, 27 July 2018 16:08
  • Home Office gives go ahead to allow cannabis-derived medicinal products on prescription

    Home Office gives go ahead to allow cannabis-derived medicinal products on prescription

    Friday, 27 July 2018 15:58
  • Review on prescribed medicines sets out scope and terms of reference

    Review on prescribed medicines sets out scope and terms of reference

    Tuesday, 24 July 2018 12:30
  • AMs recommend that pharmacists have access to palliative care data in Wales

    AMs recommend that pharmacists have access to palliative care data in Wales

    Wednesday, 18 July 2018 17:41
  • APTUK questions claims about pharmacy technicians’ desire to supervise medicines supplies

    APTUK questions claims about pharmacy technicians’ desire to supervise medicines supplies

    Wednesday, 18 July 2018 17:17

Umesh Modi is a chartered accountant, and Pamini Jatheeskumar is a chartered certified accountant at Silver Levene...
  Don Lavoie is alcohol programme manager at Public Health England and Gul Root is lead...
Don Lavoie is alcohol programme manager at Public Health England and Gul Root is lead pharmacist, Health and Wellbeing Directorate, Public Health England
More inWhite Papers  

GPhC logo RGBMarch 14 2016

The pharmacy regulator has said it is not seeking powers currently to use covert human intelligence sources.

In a statement it issued in response to media reports, the General Pharmaceutical Council pointed out that it does not currently have the legal powers to authorise the use of directed surveillance or covert human intelligence sources.

“We want to make sure that we have all the tools we need to carry out a thorough and proactive investigation into serious concerns so that we can protect patients. That is why, following a recommendation by the Office of Surveillance Commissioners in 2013, we sought new legal powers to use directed surveillance (DS) and covert human intelligence sources (CHIS) during investigations into serious concerns about registered pharmacies or pharmacy professionals.”

However, a change in legislation would be required to enable these new powers under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA).

In 2013, the GPhC said that it would be for the government to decide whether to take forward this recommendation. In its latest statement on the matter, the GPhC said: “We have been working with the Department of Health and the Home Office to bring forward such changes in legislation. We hope to be given the powers to use directed surveillance in the future but we are currently not seeking powers to use covert human intelligence sources.”

Links:

GPhC statement on current situation

GPhC 2013 statement of its intention to seek investigatory powers

Legal & Policy News

July 31 2018 General practices employing pharmacists are citing improved capacity to see patients and workload changes as the main benefits of the scheme.
July 25 2018 Switching to sulfonylureas in type 2 diabetes has been linked with an increased risk of complications compared with staying on metformin, a BMJ study has concluded. However, the study has...