RLI pharmacy to be run privately

Pearse Butler
Pearse Butler

Morecambe Bay’s health trust board has approved plans to outsource its pharmacy services.

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT)said the move would improve the quality of medicines management services for all patients.

It will also allow the trust to retain all its existing pharmacists and pharmacy staff under their existing NHS terms and conditions, the trust said.

Pearse Butler, chairman of UHMBT, said: “We first considered these options back in October 2013, and since then we’ve explored different options.

“The chosen option allows our skilled hospital pharmacy team to focus on supporting our patients in hospital and help them get better more quickly...despite rumours; we are not selling off our pharmacy services.

“We still retain the responsibility for this service, and no jobs will be lost. This option will reduce the time taken to prepare discharge medicines, allowing our patients to leave hospital in a timelier manner, every day of the week.”

The trust said the option approved is already well established in over 100 NHS trusts.

It is thought either Boots or Lloyds pharmacies could pick up the contract to run the outpatient pharmacy at the hospital.

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