An inquiry into primary and community care to decide ‘how service improvements can be achieved’ has been launched by the All-Party Pharmacy Group.

The inquiry will look into existing practices, focusing on the most innovative CCGs, and at other opportunities to develop services that would benefit patients and help the NHS to be more efficient.

Speaking at the launch of the inquiry, The Rt Hon Sir Kevin Barron MP said: "The NHS across England has to innovate and develop new models of care if it is to meet the challenges it faces. It is crucial that commissioners and health professionals work together to get it right locally and nationally."

"It’s clear to us that pharmacy has a full role to play in that, but we want to hear what those responsible for commissioning services and caring for patients think."

The group will be contacting commissioners, health professionals, policymakers and patient groups directly to ask for evidence. Sir Barron also called on ‘everyone with an interest in how primary care should change’ to step forward and give their views.

Details of how to get involved are on the group’s website, at www.appg.org.uk

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