Future-proofing our health system through pharmacists

Future-proofing our health system through pharmacists

The RPS’s recommendations will serve to ease pressure on overstretched GPs.


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The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has issued a report that recommends pharmacists be trained to prescribe drugs for patients with long-term conditions. KPMG’s Chief Medical Advisor, Professor Hilary Thomas, comments:

“I believe that the RPS’s recommendations will serve to ease pressure on overstretched GPs. We already have prescribing pharmacists in hospitals to make the patient discharge process more efficient, so it would be a sensible step to offer this in the community.

“Pharmacists train for years and are highly qualified to offer medical and drug-related advice and yet are largely overlooked, despite a real desire to make the most of their skills. This initiative is an important step in the right direction to future-proof our health system.”


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