If I had travelled back in time to the beginning of last year and told my past self what the next twelve months would bring, I suspect that I wouldn’t have quite believed my ears.
While I might actually be able to accept that time travel had been invented, the story of what happened to community pharmacy last year, particularly in England, would seem like a pretty disturbing Grimm’s fairy tale – 2017 was just unbelievable.
This time last year, I would have though it beyond belief that the community pharmacy sector would find itself coming to blows with the Department of Health in a court of law.
That LloydsPharmacy would be selling or closing 190 of its branches would also seem impossible, as might the introduction of delivery charges. The relaxation of supervision being discussed behind closed doors would be no less concerning.
2017 was an eventful year, there’s no doubt about it, but I wonder if I time travelled again and a future version of myself visited me from 2019 – what might he have to report?