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Place on GP commissioning boards not essential for pharmacists, says Dorrell

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Securing a place on GP commissioning boards is not essential for pharmacists, Stephen Dorrell, chairman of the Parliamentary Health Committee, has said.

Instead, it is important to focus on having the correct commissioning process, which “should engage relevant clinicians for the decisions that are being made about services”, he said.

Mr Dorrell pointed to guidance from the national commissioning board on how GP consortia should carry out the commissioning process and said this would be the “key issue”.

Speaking in London last week (16 February 2011) at an event on the new structure of the NHS organised by diabetes charity Silver Star, Mr Dorrell said that GPs should be seen as the catalysts for the whole clinical community and not simply as the experts who make every commissioning decision.

Also speaking at the event, pharmacy minister Earl Howe told participants that pharmacists have a huge role to play in the roll out of the primary care agenda.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 11069210

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