Pharmacists could cut GP workload by 20 per cent

Pharmacists could help reduce GP workloads by 20 per cent, according to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain.

Steve Churton, the society’s president, told the British Pharmaceutical Conference in Manchester yesterday: ‘Every year patients with minor ailments generate over 50 million GP consultations. That’s almost 20 per cent of doctors’ workloads, costing the NHS more than £1.5 billion.

‘There is absolutely no reason why such consultations could not be handled by pharmacists, releasing an hour a day for every GP to see patients with more complex needs.’

neil.durham@haymarket.com

Editors blog: Can someone explain to me what a minor ailment is exactly?

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