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Pharmacists could be given the power to dispatch ambulances as part of a push to increase the role of pharmacy in urgent care, a conference in Manchester has been told.

Paula Russell, pharmacy lead at NHS England, announced that urgent care service would soon create 60 full-time equivalent pharmacy posts across England, and introduce a role-specific training in urgent care for 120 pharmacists. These plans could see pharmacists dispatching ambulances in the future.

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