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Parliamentary group recommends pharmacists are included on local authority boards

By News team

Pharmacists should be included on health and well-being boards, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Primary Care and Public Health says in the report (PDF 213K) of its inquiry into the public health White Paper “Healthy lives, healthy people”, published today (31 March 2011).

Co-chairman of the group Julie Elliott MP stressed the importance of professional expertise on the boards. She said: “We strongly believe that to have a positive impact on people’s health it is necessary that members of the health and well-being boards have both the expertise and understanding of how to facilitate effective interventions in a local authority setting.”  

To that end she recommended that the boards include pharmacists, GP consortia and public health strategists.

In the report the group also expresses “grave concern” that the NHS is abandoning its public health responsibilities and highlights the “serious lack of detail” around how proposals will be achieved.

The group makes 13 recommendations, which it hopes, if accepted and implemented by the Government, will lead to a healthier nation (see Panel).

The APPG on Primary Care and Public Health will hold a round table discussion with representatives from the Department of Health on 9 May 2011, as part of an ongoing inquiry into the public health White Paper.

Recommendations

The APPG’s inquiry report contains 13 recommendations, which include:

  1. The transition period for health reforms should not be rushed
  2. Health professionals should be trained to conduct health promoting consultations
  3. Policies in the White Papers “Liberating the NHS” and “Healthy lives,healthy people” should be integrated and not implemented separately
  4. Public health information campaigns should be carried out locally andnationally to maximise impact and health information should be made available from various alternative sources, such as libraries, schools and gyms in order to reach wider audiences

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 11072262

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