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London’s LPCs (bar one) join forces to form Pharmacy London

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London’s local pharmaceutical committees have joined forces to help increase their influence in the new NHS landscape in the capital.

Only one of London’s 10 LPCs, North East London, has decided against becoming part of the group, which is calling itself Pharmacy London.

Chief executive of the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee Sue Sharpe said that, although London LPCs have worked together for many years, the launch of Pharmacy London shows they are thinking strategically about their role in the changing NHS.

"As the commissioning architecture changes, LPCs will be reviewing their future roles and how best to organise themselves," she told PJ Online.

The union was also welcomed by Jonathan Mason, clinical advisor (medicines) at NHS North East London and the City, who said the group is "trying get a London-wide approach, to provide a policy for community pharmacy across the capital".

"Only North East London is not involved, which is a shame because the idea is that it should have a federated approach," he told PJ Online.

Mr Mason said the creation of Pharmacy London will make commissioning easier. "Coming from the NHS side, we have been pushing for a unified approach — for example . . . we have been moving towards developing a single emergency hormonal contraception patient group direction across London."

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 11103995

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