NHS England has published guidance on the quality payments scheme for the February 2019 review point. The guidance document provides information on how community pharmacy contractors can meet the revised gateway and quality criteria requirements.
The guidance document also details the new declaration process via the NHS Business Services Authority Manage Your Service application and highlights the new process for validation of the gateway criteria.
NHS England will consider guidance to GPs about a ban on gluten free pizzas, cakes and biscuits and set out plans to curb other low priority items such as silk garments and bath oils in moves that could save almost £70 million a year.
NHS England has already ordered an end to the routine prescribing of 18 low value items such as homeopathy and products that are available over the counter such as paracetamol and cough mixture. The initiatives could free up more than £200 million a year.
NHS England is also issuing guidance to GPs on new regulations that come in to force next week restricting gluten free prescriptions to bread and gluten free baking mixes.
A new report from the King’s Fund echoes the health and social care secretary’s recent observations that NHS strategy needs to focus more on wellbeing and prevention of ill health and less on the diagnosis and treatment of illness.