RCGP backs contract deals between GPs and pharmacists

Primary Care Organisations (PCOs) should consider prioritising joint bids from GPs and pharmacists over those that come from GPs alone when planning their services, according to the RCGP's chairman.

Professor Steve Field Credit: Jason Lancy
Professor Steve Field Credit: Jason Lancy

Speaking as part of a New Statesman roundtable on primary care, Professor Steve Field said that closer working between practices and pharmacies was the best way to ensure patients were seeing the appropriate professionals.

‘The future will be aggregations of practices and pharmacists and other healthcare professions working together,' he said.

He said that one way to incentivise such closer working would be to ‘prioritise joint bids for work between pharmacists and GPs'.

‘If you had a joined-up system and you encourage that through the commissioning cycle... I think the world would be a better place,' he added.

jonn.elledge@haymarket.com

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