This submission is in response to the NHS consultation on “Items which should not be routinely prescribed in primary care”. The consultations seeks views on a proposal to restrict primary care professionals (such as GPs) from prescribing 18 specific treatments used for a range of conditions. The consultation also asks for initial thoughts on plans to restrict primary care professionals from prescribing treatments which could otherwise be purchased over the counter without a prescription.
On Friday 17 March 2017, National Voices convened a meeting of patient advocacy groups involved in the development of the Accelerated Access Review, and/or with an interest in its implementation.
At that meeting it was agreed that National Voices would coordinate a joint paper to the Office for Life Sciences summarising key themes for the implementation of the Accelerated Access Review and the forthcoming Life Sciences Strategy.
National Voices and members contribute to the APPG on Primary Care and Public Health's 'Inquiry into managing demand in primary care: the case for a National Strategy'
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) reviewed their approach to how lay people can take part in developing their guidance and standards.
National Voices submitted to the consultation, commenting on NICE's proposals. The proposals were:
On the whole, National Voices welcomes the proposed amendments to the content of the NHS Constitution.
However, there are a number of ways that the amendments could be strengthening further, to provide greater clarity in relation to key agendas upon which the Government has already expressed its support at policy level.
We are calling for:
National Voices members told the NHS Future Forum in 2011, during the ‘pause’ in the Health and Social Care Bill, that we wanted a ‘new deal for people with long term conditions’ based on getting the right care in the right place at the right time.
We stated that patients and service users should be supported to:
On behalf of the above members of the recently established NHS Voluntary Sector Providers Forum (VSPF), I am pleased to be able to respond to Monitor’sConsultation on the Substantive guidance on the Procurement, Patient Choice and Competition Regulations.
Our response focuses on a number of key points:
Patients, service users, their carers and families want care services which are safe, which do not breach standards and which are effectively monitored, inspected and regulated.
As Berwick’s recent report makes clear, service user involvement is indivisible from and indispensible to patient safety. Moreover, safety is not the only aspect of care services which is important to service users. There are longstanding demands for better coordinated, more personalised services which support service user involvement, empowerment and control.