GP urges greater role for pharmacists in vascular checks

The DoH should allow community pharmacists to play a significant role in delivering the vascular checks programme, according to the All-Party Pharmacy Group.

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The call comes after GP exclusively revealed that GPs are winning the race to deliver the programme (GP, 12 December).

The All-Party Pharmacy Group has called for the DoH to encourage PCTs to make use of pharmacy resources and to facilitate the sharing of pharmacy’s social marketing experience between the profession and PCTs.

MP and GP Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford, Labour), chairman of the All-Party Pharmacy Group, warned that there were a number of barriers that needed to be overcome in order to involve pharmacists.

‘The DoH has a key role to play in ensuring those barriers are removed and encouraging PCTs to get the service up and running in pharmacies quickly next year.

‘But it is also down to pharmacists themselves to take up the challenge, and fulfill their potential in delivering this important service to the community.’

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