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From minor ailments to major success in Scotland

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Myself at the Scottish ParliamentThe Pharmaceutical Journal's Scotland Correspondent has reported on some very interesting figures that were revealed in the Scottish Parliament last week on the country's Minor Ailment Service.

The leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, Willie Rennie MSP, asked Scotland's Health Secretary, Alex Neil MSP, about the number of patients using the Minor Ailment Service, how many patients were registering for the service and how much it cost. 

The fact that, in 2012-13, over two million treatments were prescribed at a value of just over £19 million represents excellent value for money that this service brings to the Scottish taxpayer.

With so much pressure placed on GP surgeries and GP's, it is extremely encouraging to see some of that pressure being lifted through effective implementation and running of the Minor Ailment Service. 

Without a doubt, this is one of the most innovative and successful pharmacy services ever brought to fruition. But it still hasn't fulfilled it's full potential yet. More must be done to promote the service nationally, especially in the media. It was very disappointing to hear that no figures were available from the Scottish Government on how much money is being spent on promoting the service.

Yet there's nothing from stopping the pharmacy profession from continuing to have something to shout about when it comes to promoting the Minor Ailment Service. However, in the aftermath of the Wilson Review, the whole of Scottish pharmacy can hold their heads up high over the continuing growth of Scotland's Minor Ailment Service.

For the report from The Pharmaceutical Journal's Scotland correspondent on the Minor Ailment Service, please click on the following link - http://www.pjonline.com/news/two_million_therapies_given_under_scottish_minor_ailment_scheme 

For transcript of that session in the Scottish Parliament where figures for the Minor Ailment Service were revealed, please click on the following link - http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/S4_ChamberDesk/WA20130904.pdf 

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