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Lack of leadership and clinical skills are a 'barrier' to pharmacy investment, warns NHS England


I am astonished and incredibly disappointed to find Bruce Warner, himself an ex-community pharmacist, propagating the Keith Ridge prejudice against community pharmacists. First of all, around 60% of GP Practice Pharmacists are ex-community. Do they suddenly become "clinical" when the cross the GP threshold? Second: the definition of "clinical" as Bruce well knows is "having direct contact with patients.” On any reasonable interpretation EVERY community pharmacist is, by definition, "clinical" whereas Keith Ridge and Bruce Warner are clearly not. On the training issue Bruce is being equally disingenuous. First off, NHS-E haven't invested a single penny in the training of community pharmacists. Quite the reverse. They have continually "robbed" from the community pharmacy contract and the vast majority of the missing money has gone to prop up other parts of the NHS entirely. The simple truth is that only a fraction of the #pharmacycuts cash has been re-invested in pharmacy. Such re-investment there has been has mainly gone to non-community pharmacy schemes such as GP pharmacists and a variety of other NHS-E schemes. In fact NHS-E has consistently refused to invest in Community Pharmacist Independent Prescribing and when challenged Keith Ridge made it clear that such investment would go to GP Practice Pharmacists only. Despite all of the above, 4 pharmacists from my group have self-funded as Independent Prescribers. As a reward for which the NHS has commissioned precisely NOTHING from us. Maybe Bruce should try writing some of these false premises on the other side of the infamous #Brexit Bus!

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18 JAN 2019

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