Harness the power of pharmacies so chemists can treat minor illnesses to tackle backlogs, MPs say
Harness the power of pharmacies so chemists can treat minor illnesses in bid to tackle patient backlogs, MPs say
- The NHS could treat patients with minor illnesses at half the price at pharmacies
- This could free millions of GP appointments for those with more serious diseases
Pharmacists could treat patients with minor illnesses for half the price the NHS is paying GPs to do the same work, a report by MPs reveals.
The cross-party group is calling on the Government to ‘harness the power’ of pharmacies to tackle Covid backlogs and surging demand.
This could free millions of GP appointments for those with more serious diseases and release money for other frontline services, it adds.
However, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Pharmacy warns ministers must take ‘urgent action’ to relieve funding pressure on local chemists at risk of closure. The MPs and peers have published their Future of Pharmacy report following a major…
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