Some of the new funding for GPs, outlined in the GP Forward View, will pay for part of NHS England’s plans to employ more pharmacists in GP practices. It is feared that the remainder of the funding for the new roles could come from the Pharmacy Integration Fund, something the RPS has warned against.
“We have been clear in our submission to NHS England that the Pharmacy Integration Fund should not be used to directly employ pharmacists in GP surgeries,” said an RPS statement.
NHS England has committed to enable every practice in England to access a pharmacist across a minimum population on average of 30,000 – leading to an extra 1,500 pharmacists in general practice over the next 5 years.
The NPA has said that sustained investment in local pharmacies would stand a much better chance at creating a world-class health service, than GP based pharmacists.
“Community pharmacies are a ready-made solution on the health service front line, close to where people live, work and shop. They are generally more accessible and convenient for patients than doctor surgeries,” said NPA chairman, Ian Strachan.