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Sector-based prejudice against community pharmacy


Having read your article Graham, seeing first hand the difficulties the community sector has faced, I too find it difficult to see how Keith Ridge has actually supported community pharmacy sector. I can quote from a newspaper extract I have read ' In a letter sent to Sue Sharpe, chief executive of the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee, NHS England’s chief pharmaceutical officer Keith Ridge set out the plan alongside details of the proposed cuts. He said: “In future, patients should be able to choose to order their prescriptions online and have them delivered to their home if they wish, or to ‘click and collect’ if they prefer. We will also be looking at steps to encourage the optimisation of prescription duration, balancing clinical need, patient safety, avoidance of medicine waste and greater convenience for patients.”  This clearly states the objectives Keith Ridge has for the future of the community pharmacy sector, automation in the community sector does not create jobs it helps destroy jobs unless the government changes the way community pharmacy is funded. I believe that Keith Ridge should be supporting pharmacy as a profession, to do this he has to look at ways to work with the current stake holders. Pharmacy needs strong leadership, it needs inspiration and it needs change, the future of our profession lies in the people we trust to lead us. The community pharmacy sector needs dialogue and it needs to address its concerns. Leaders like Keith Ridge need to understand the valid concerns the community sector faces and should be able to support the sector and bring in robust systems that protects our profession. Initiatives should be encouraged but not at the expense of future generations of pharmacists hoping to make a career in community pharmacy. I think the leadership in England can learn from Rose Marie Parr, the CPO for Scotland. who is investing in the future and planning to have all pharmacists trained to become independent prescribers by 2023.

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15 MAY 2017

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