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Pharmacy needs to 'up its game', Ridge tells RPS annual conference delegates


To Dr Ridge Keith, in January this year you kindly visited our Newcastle pharmacy to see the work we are doing with the local hospital pharmacies in transferring care. We had a spirited, robust and cordial discussion in which I asked point blank what we can do to help deliver your vision. We talked about the fact that the cuts were disproportionately large on bigger contractors who could only survive by cutting staff, quality and services and we also talked about ridiculous holes in the PhAS. Your reply was that much was pinned on the Pharmacy Integration Fund and getting interesting work commissioned locally. I pointed out that pharmacy will always struggle to be locally commissioned if the wealth of experience since 2005 was any guide. The PhIF was supposed to be rolled out in April..... We then had the awful stuff that came out of the Judicial Review which demonstrated with absolute clarity, the contempt with which DOH views community pharmacy. The quality payments are a joke, we all know that. Much of the GP QOF was also but it is the only indication of quality that anyone has put forward and I understand that the response from the profession has been overwhelming. I note with pleasure your praising of examples of good work from community pharmacy but in the current climate of reduced funding, a delayed and watered down PhIF, cut backs in local commissioning and diminishing chance of being commissioned is it not time for you and your team to up your game? We want to change in all the ways you want us to change. What are you going to do about it?

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6 SEP 2017

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