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New ‘hub’ to be provided for high-tech drugs

The move follows a recommendation from the Comptroller and Auditor General.

Specifically, the hub will focus on prescriptions, patient registration, stock ordering and delivery.

“This project will result in improved governance, assurance, transparency and probity for the HTD spend,” according to the document.

“It will further provide value for money benefits through improvements in stock management and reductions in stock wastage.”

The National Drugs Management System, which involves the centralised reimbursement of hospitals, is another project being rolled-out.

“By extending PCRS reimbursement arrangements to hospitals to include medicines provided under local demand led schemes, hospitals will be supported in meeting the financial burden of providing these drugs to patients,” according to the plan.

“This project will also facilitate national reporting and inform budgetary requirements as part of the service planning process.”

Also, a fully integrated online application process for those wishing to apply or renew their GMS card will be rolled-out in 2018.

It is hoped the new process will result in a reduction in the submission of incomplete applications and will mitigate against the risk of lost documents and also reduce storage costs associated with paper applications.

The service will provide customer service supports and incorporate the new format for medical card applications.

“The scale of resources required by PCRS to meet the needs of its customers and work within its budget is a challenge due to the demand-led nature of eligibility,” according to the operational plan.

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