Cookie policy: This site uses cookies (small files stored on your computer) to simplify and improve your experience of this website. Cookies are small text files stored on the device you are using to access this website. For more information please take a look at our terms and conditions. Some parts of the site may not work properly if you choose not to accept cookies.

Join

Subscribe or Register

Existing user? Login

Report this comment to a moderator

Please fill in the form below if you think a comment is unsuitable. Please indicate which comment is of concern and why. Your comments will be sent to our moderator for review.

Report comment to moderator

MandatoryRequired fields.

Headline

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

Comment

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!

Posted date

18 JAN 2019

Posted time

16:25

Mandatory
Mandatory
Mandatory
Mandatory

Newsletter Sign-up

Want to keep up with the latest news, comment and CPD articles in pharmacy and science? Subscribe to our free alerts.