As the debate over community pharmacy, and pharmacist numbers continues, are existing pharmacies are in the right places, asks Noel Wicks?
It seems that community pharmacy is doing a bit of soul-searching regarding the number of pharmacies there are. It’s an interesting debate and one that naturally seems to have polarised opinion.
At the recent Sigma conference, chief pharmaceutical officer Keith Ridge suggested that the current Call to Action consultation could be used to help inform NHS England on this matter. It’s a sensible suggestion, I think, but I would hope that it wouldn’t be the end of the conversation, because the very reason for the consultation is to decide local strategies to help the commissioning of community pharmacy services.