Pharmacists ready to offer asthma and diabetes care

Pharmacists should be allowed to manage long-term conditions such as asthma and diabetes, according to the chairman of the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC).

In a speech at the annual PSNC conference in London last week, chairman Dr Chris Hodges called for the pharmacists' contract to include national funding for asthma and diabetes management, as well as minor ailments, weight management and a range of screening and diagnostic services.

The proposals coincide with a push to expand the range of services offered in pharmacies in England.

Last week, the DoH announced that its cardiovascular disease screening programme could be provided by pharmacists as well as GPs (GP, 14 March).

Responding to Dr Hodges' speech, health minister Dawn Primarolo said that pharmacy would have a much bigger role to play in primary care in the next 10 years and would be clearly acknowledged for doing so.

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