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New pharmacy action plan proposed for Scotland

Pharmacists in Scotland are to have a new pharmacy action plan to replace “The right medicine”, it was announced last week.

Speaking at a Scottish Pharmacy Board reception held at the Scottish Parliament, Shona Robison, Minister for Public Health, said “The right medicine” had largely been introduced into pharmacy practice.

“Building on that work, it would now seem appropriate to further develop the contribution pharmacists can make to help deliver [the 2007 action plan], 'Better health, better care'. It therefore gives me great pleasure to announce that I have asked the chief pharmaceutical officer to prepare a new ‘Action plan for pharmacy and medicines’,” she said.

Ms Robison explained that the action plan will focus on: access to medicines, safe systems of work, career/workforce, performance management, hospital prescribing, improved integration between secondary and primary care, and care of specific groups of patients. The action plan will cover pharmacy activities in both primary and secondary care.

Afterwards, Bill Scott, chief pharmaceutical officer in Scotland, told The Journal: “It is too early to be specific about the details at this stage but the action plan will look at current issues and build on the success of ‘The right medicine’.”

He said that the next step will be for him to consider areas that the action plan, due to be published in spring, needs to tackle and to collect the views of stakeholders.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 10043798

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