RPSGB respond to the inquiry into the future of pharmacy

The Royal Pharmaceutical Socieyt of Great Britain (RPSGB) have published there official response to the All-Party Pharmacy Group's (APPG) ‘Inquiry into the future of pharmacy'

The document, which can be found on the RPSGB website, has allowed the society to highlight some key issues:
  • There is considerable variation between PCTs in what and how many services are commissioned from community pharmacy. The RPSGB is also concerned that NHS overspend has resulted in a reduction in the number of enhanced services being commissioned.
  • The new opportunities for pharmacists to prescribe mean that pharmacists can directly prescribe and advise patients on their medicine use within the hospital setting.
  • There is a good perception of pharmacists in the community and hospital settings, but there is a lack of understanding of their broader role.
  • The number of prescriptions dispensed is increasing, but at the same time pharmacists are being required to take on new clinical roles that change the way in which they work.
  • The RPSGB are concerned that the formation of large primary care centres will mean that pharmacies away from these centres will lose the majority of their prescription business and become unviable.
Hemant Patel, president of the RPSGB, said: ‘More than any time in the past, there is a real prospect of pharmacies being able to meet their own professional aspirations.

‘We welcome the opportunity to respond to the APPG inquiry and highlight key issues that we feel will be of interest to the group in its investigations.’

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