NPA chairman Ian Strachan has issued a statement following the release of a Department of Health briefing document about “efficiencies” in community pharmacy. The DH describes the document as “our vision for community pharmacy and outline proposals for achieving that vision” and invites comments from stakeholders.
“There is a flat and glaring contradiction in the Department of Health’s position,” he says. “It calls for community pharmacy to be at the heart of the NHS, then tells us how it plans to wrench the heart out of the sector. It’s appalling for pharmacy, appalling for patients and appalling for the NHS. That’s as clear as day to me. Maybe the view is different from an ivory tower.
“The promoters of this nonsense are either blind to the long term consequences, or they see it perfectly clear and just don’t care. Either way, we have to stand together and fight this every step of the way.
“The document refers to ‘clinical pharmacists’ in GP practices, in care homes and at the end of a phone line. Never once does it acknowledge that there is any clinical capability in the community pharmacy setting. That is a slur, and I am personally offended by this unfavourable comparison.
“This is a jumble of proposals based on conjecture, not based on evidence and not grounded in the front line reality”.
The NPA is organising a webinar on ‘Cuts and Efficiencies in Community Pharmacy’. You can register here.