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Toby Atkin-Wright ([personal profile] tobyaw) wrote2017-04-24 09:04 am

Private delivery of NHS services

My most frequent interactions with the NHS are collecting repeat prescriptions, for me and for the rest of the family. For the last few years I’ve used the pharmacy at our local Morrisons supermarket; it is friendly, efficient, has good parking, and most importantly, is open long hours. It cannot be overstated how important it is that pharmacy services are available in weekday evenings, and seven days a week.

The existing pharmacies in town — Boots, Lloyds — seem happy to collaborate rather than compete, and still close at 5.30pm. It took a new entrant to the market to add a better level of service.

This is private-sector delivery of NHS services, free at the point of delivery, and providing a better service that anything that has gone before it.
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[personal profile] purpletigron 2017-04-24 10:10 am (UTC)(link)
What has happened to the local pharmacy rota?
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[personal profile] purpletigron 2017-04-24 12:59 pm (UTC)(link)
A quick Google says ...

http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Pharmacy/Pages/Medicinesoutofhours.aspx

"If your local pharmacy is closed, use the NHS pharmacy service search (http://www.nhs.uk/Service-Search/Pharmacy/LocationSearch/10) to find other nearby pharmacies and their opening hours. Some are open until midnight or even later, even on public holidays."

Long rota hours has always been the case as far back as I can remember ...
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[personal profile] purpletigron 2017-04-24 01:06 pm (UTC)(link)
Ah, yes, I forgot that wrinkle ... another quick Google shows:

https://www.nhsinform.scot/national-service-directory

which links to this: https://www.nhsinform.scot/national-service-directory/pharmacies which lets you search by opening time & location.
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[personal profile] ggreig 2017-04-24 11:37 am (UTC)(link)
But it's only free at the point of delivery because the SNP Government funds free prescriptions.

There's a place for private-sector delivery of services, so long as control of the situation remains with the public sector. If too much power is put in the hands of the private sector, there will be profiteering.