GPC urges dispensers not to exaggerate White Paper threat

Dispensing practices should not exaggerate the threat posed by the pharmacy White Paper, the GPC has warned.

Dr Laurence Buckman said that ‘many practices are utterly dependent on dispensing, and some would have to cut services really quite substantially’ if the plans went ahead.

But he added that practices should resist the urge to ‘either minimize or exaggerate’ the effect the White Paper would have, because it could undermine the profession’s case.

‘If your practice is going to become non-viable and you will shut, it's quite fair to say that. But if that's not true I don't think you should,’ he said.

‘It's much harder to defend a position where lots of GPs are saying they'll go bankrupt when it's not true. It has to be believable.’

The GPC called on doctors to pack the halls at the current round of government listening events, to make clear the case for the status quo.

Meanwhile, the Dispensing Doctors Association has published a briefing on the white paper's implications, and patient letters and posters for practices wishing to campaign against it.

jonn.elledge@haymarket.com

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