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Pharmacy must grasp new clinical opportunities with both hands

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A very stimulating letter from a clearly forward thinking GP with a "big picture" view of the healthcare landscape. I was particularly taken by Tim's line "Political leadership needs to talk to those of us outside the profession who want to help". Hopeful this clearly genuine offer of help from Tim and individuals like him is taken up. I am a partner in a small, employee owned, group of Community Pharmacies in London. We are clinically, not retail focused. When we set up 17 years ago we made a conscious decision to not sell cosmetics and perfumes etc and by doing so we have been able to focus on our clinical offer, allowing us to deliver many innovative services. When we made this decision we wanted to send out a clear message to our patients and the commissioners that we are healthcare professionals not a retailer / shop keeper as well. As a result of this we had a platform to expand from Community Pharmacy to additionally deliver educational services, including setting up with UCL the first undergraduate Community Pharmacy teaching Practice in the UK, we have also been commissioned to deliver several post-graduate and multi-disciplinary courses. Recently we have further expanded to deliver Practice Pharmacist services to several GP Practices and GP Federations. It has not been easy to enter these new arenas, and it required a lot of investment on our part, but as Tim says "the future requires open mindedness and the ability to change and develop." Fundamentally this is a business decision for individual pharmacies to make, but it seems to me we are at a cross roads and we need to decide which path to take. The cuts community pharmacy face are severe but perhaps by taking up Tim's gauntlet and grasping these clinical opportunities there is a way forward. Sanjay Ganvir Partner and Director Green Light Healthcare

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16 MAY 2016

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15:36

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