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Is NHS England’s hub-and-spoke dispensing agenda making a comeback?

Is NHS England’s hub-and-spoke dispensing agenda making a comeback?

Rumours have swirled around the possibility of NHS England making a renewed push to expand the use of hub-and-spoke dispensing since the start of the year.

The commissioner told C+D in January that changes to government regulations, for example, around hub-and-spoke dispensing, may be required as a means to reform community pharmacy’s “wider supply supplements” – an ambition set out in its long-term plan for the NHS.

New technology and automation present exciting opportunities to increase the efficiency of dispensing, while safely freeing up clinical time for pharmacists to spend caring for patients, the commissioning body claimed at the time.

As if this wasn’t enough of a hint that the hub-and-spoke agenda was back with a vengeance, healthcare lawyer Noel Wardle predicted in March

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