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Pharmacy: Disclosure of Information

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 98351, tabled on 5 January 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the (a) legal repercussions and (b) methods of enforcement available are for pharmacies in the UK failing to uphold the statutory duty of candour.

Answered on

10 January 2022

Pharmacy regulators have standards for registered pharmacies to establish a culture of openness, honesty and learning. This is in addition to professional standards that stipulate that registered pharmacy professionals have a ‘duty of candour’, which includes an obligation to be open and honest and report and raise concerns. This is in line with other healthcare professionals.

The General Pharmaceutical Council supports pharmacy owners to meet the standards for registered pharmacies and has a number of enforcement options to secure compliance. These range from improvement action plans to statutory enforcement powers including improvement notices and conditions on registered pharmacy premises and fitness to practise hearings for individual pharmacy professionals.

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