More pharmacies to treat minor illness

Health minister Ben Bradshaw has spoken of plans to increase the number of pharmacies providing treatment for minor ailments.

Ben Bradshaw
Ben Bradshaw

Giving evidence to the All Party Parliamentary Group, Mr Bradshaw said GPs treating all minor ailments was ‘not the best way'.

Mr Bradshaw said that around 25 per cent of PCTs had contracts to allow other health professionals to treat minor ailments, but uptake had ‘not been rapid enough'. 

‘There's a tendency for GPs to want be in charge and decide on behalf of their patients. We want patients to be able to decide,' he said.

tom.Ireland@haymarket.com

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