- 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.
‘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.’