Pharmacists bid to take on asthma and diabetes care

Pharmacists should be allowed to manage long-term conditions such as asthma and diabetes, according to the chairman of the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC).

In a speech at the annual PSNC conference in London last week, Dr Chris Hodges, chairman of the PSNC, called for more advanced pharmacy services to be put in place that were nationally agreed and specified with national funding.

Under the proposals, pharmacists would be able to manage asthma and diabetes as well as minor ailments, weight management and a range of screening and diagnostic services. 

The proposals coincide with a push to expand the range of services offered in pharmacies in England.

Last week, the DoH announced that its cardiovascular disease (CVD) screening programme could be provided by pharmacists as well as GPs. 

Responding to Dr Hodges speech, health minister Dawn Primarolo said that pharmacy will have a much bigger role to play in primary care in the next 10 years and will be clearly acknowledged for doing so.

sanjay.tanday@haymarket.com 

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