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pharmacistDecember 14 2015

An MP has asked for a government statement on the delay in the process to decriminalise dispensing errors.

During a House of Commons business session, Oliver Colville, the MP for Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport, said that he had been campaigning for some time for the decriminalisation of prescription errors made in community pharmacies.

“Before the election, the all-party group on pharmacy was told that the Government would publish proposed legislation by the end of the year, but I now understand that that is unlikely before the spring,” he said. “May we have a statement from the Department of Health on this very frustrating delay?”

Chris Grayling, the Leader of the House, said he was aware of how “assiduously” Mr Colville had been pursuing this matter. “I am aware that the Department of Health is moving ahead as rapidly as possible and intends to introduce changes at an early date. The Health Secretary will be back in this House on the day that we return in January and I advise my honourable Friend to take advantage of that opportunity to ensure that that momentum continues apace,” he replied.

In October, the All-Party Pharmacy Group issued a statement after meeting with Ken Jarrold, Chair of the Rebalancing Medicines Legislation & Pharmacy Regulation Programme Board.

The APPG statement said that progress on the matter had been too slow, but added:

“Ken Jarrold has ministerial support for his plans, and the orders bringing them into effect are expected to be laid in Parliament before Christmas. Drafts have been approved by parliamentary counsel.”

Links:

Hansard December 10 2015

APPG statement (October 2015)

GHS article - Questions asked about progress on decriminalising dispensing errors (July 27)

GHS article - APPG pushes for progress on decriminalising dispensing errors (Oct 26)APPG pushes for progress on decriminalising dispensing errors (Oct 26)

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