§ Mr. Stan Thorne
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will take steps to ensure that local pharmaceutical on-call services are available and not diminished through the present level of pay for call-out.239W
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
As announced on 8 March—[Vol. 19, c.334–6]—the Government have approved specific additional funding for the introduction of an emergency duty agreement for hospital pharmacists. The Pharmaceutical Whitley council—the body responsible for negotiating pay and conditions of service for this staff group—has had some discussion of the form and content of an agreement. The availability of local pharmaceutical on-call services is the responsibility of health authorities.