Workloads within community pharmacies are pushing pharmacists to breaking point. Cuts to funding by NHS England have compounded this and pharmacists are caught in a perfect storm of rising workload and falling resources. At some point, something will give. This mustn’t be patient safety. We need action now! Only through change to the way we work will we resolve these issues. Pharmacy can do more, but only with full and appropriate use of the skill-mix within our teams, including fully
What do I mean by moving forward together? I mean recognising that community pharmacy is in crisis and we must work collectively to change our future. The savage cuts to funding with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) taking a scythe to our income in 2017 mean many are facing an existential crisis. 2018 will be a make-or-break year for community pharmacy. We need our RPS to immediately recognise this and work with the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC), trade as
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Everybody wants more for less. Employers want pharmacists to offer more services but give us fewer staff. The government want us to make “efficiency savings” yet offer expertise without remuneration. Locum agencies are offering bookings at £16 an hour instead of actively promoting our skills to potential clients. Doctors are expecting practice pharmacists to sign prescriptions, run clinics, promote cost-effective prescribing, manage repeat requests, etc, but only pay a fraction of what they w
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