David Pruce, Director of Practice and Quality Improvement at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB) said: 'I am delighted to see that the Prime Minister and his Cabinet have recognised through these policy reviews that pharmacists are ideally located in the heart of communities and are able to reach those parts of society unlikely to use GP services.
'The RPSGB has lobbied governments to make better use of pharmacists' expert health care skills and knowledge of medicines, gained through five years of education and training.
'Pharmacists already provide enhanced services such as testing for conditions including diabetes and Chlamydia. The plans to extend these will give patients more choice and faster access to care. The use of electronic patient records will be key to helping ensure that there is coordinated care across GP surgeries, community pharmacies and hospitals.'