Mike Smith puts the world to rights...
These are challenging times, but there may be help out there. I could have used this headline in many of the articles I have written over recent years, but this time it seems particularly relevant.
These are really challenging times for community pharmacy and it is now clear that we have to change our approach to funding.
I have practised in community pharmacy for almost 50 years and have seen crises come and go. However, this crisis is clearly more significant than many I have seen before, but the fact remains that we do have to work with the DH to achieve these savings.
It is really encouraging that we now have one million signatures on the National Pharmacy Association petition, which Alliance Healthcare was pleased to help to distribute. The petition clearly demonstrates how important community pharmacies are to the patients and customers they serve. This is not just about the supply of medicines, prescription and OTC, and the provision of healthcare advice. Community pharmacy also provides a most important social function, as well as a plethora of services for which we are not paid. We need to raise awareness of these activities, which the DH appears to choose to ignore.