Pharmacists demand more funds for extra work

Pharmacists are struggling to keep up with the demands of their new roles, according to their trade union.

More pharmacists are prescribing and seeing patients with minor illnesses but there is not enough funding, say the Pharmacists' Defence Association (PDA).

The extra workload for pharmacists, intended to take pressure off GPs, is an ‘accident waiting to happen', PDA director John Murphy told Chemist and Druggist magazine.

‘The more intensely people have to work, the more pressure and stress becomes an issue,' he said. 

The NHS Information Centre's annual dispensing report showed that script volumes in England have increased by almost 60 per cent in the past decade.

tom.ireland@haymarket.com

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