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GPs to refer patients to pharmacists as part of EPiC initiative

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Whilst this development is very welcome, the linked website seems bereft of hard details on how the project will operate. If I understand correctly, a GP will carry out the triage activity to direct the patient according to their actual needs. This would seem like a missed opportunity to help cut GP workload at a time when the BMA and LMCs are complaining that they can't meet the PM's promises for 7 day GP services. Community pharmacy provides the ideal accessible triage destination for patients and it makes absolute sense for the referral system to be a two way street to allow pharmacists to refer patients urgently to a GP.

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3 OCT 2014

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16:40

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