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Secretary For Scotland's Report for Guild Council Meeting 14.4.2005



Review of NHS Production in Scotland
The business plan has been presented to the NHS Scotland Chief Executives, but little information is available about the reaction from them.


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NHS Pharmacy Advisory Group Conference 18.2.05
I attended the inaugural Conference of the NHS Education Scotland Pharmacy Advisory Group in Edinburgh. Having previously been invited to nominate a GHP representative to be a member of the Group, discussions with Council members in Scotland and the Chair of the Education & Development Committee led to my name being put forward. The PAG is likely to meet a couple of times a year and will be chaired by Norman Lannigan.
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Agenda For Change
I have been trying to arrange a meeting with R.O. Michael Fuller and representatives of ASCP without much success. Several dates have been proposed and then changed due to the exceedingly packed nature of Michaelís diary.
As the pay uplift Pay and Conditions of Service Letter (PCS) has been issued, there is no reason that staff should not have the increase paid in their April salary.


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Association of Scottish Chief Pharmacists
I have attended one meeting of the Acute Group since the last Council meeting for discussions on Agenda for Change amongst other things.
Apparently, it looks unlikely that an Health Department Letter (HDL) will be forthcoming to commend the new Duthie Report to the NHS in Scotland. There was a question over whether the DoH would be issuing a letter or not.
I had a further separate meeting with a Primary Care Chief Pharmacist to discuss Agenda for Change and the creation of Chief Pharmacist job descriptions.


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National Framework Advisory Group
The Independent Advisory Group developing a framework for the future of the NHS in Scotland has, for the last three months, been consulting with public and staff. Two publications have been produced, providing updates on the process. Copies of the documents are available on request.

Colin Rodden
12 April 2005

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