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MPs launch new inquiry to examine role of pharmacy services in future of NHS

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A new inquiry to examine the ‘readiness of pharmacy services’ has been launched by a committee of MPs on Thursday (8 June).

The pharmacy inquiry will explore issues impacting different types of pharmacy, with a particular focus on community, primary care and hospital pharmacy services.

It will also consider current challenges around funding, workforce and the digital infrastructure.

Planned developments within the profession will enable future pharmacists to be independent prescribers from day one of registration, giving them a greater role within primary care teams.

Health and Social Care Committee Chair Steve Brine MP said: “It is clear that pharmacy has a central role to play in the future of the NHS. With a greater focus on personalised and patient-centred healthcare, we will be asking what more must be done to make sure that the profession is in the best shape to meet demand.

“Better use of the pharmacy workforce would reduce pressures on general practice and hospitals. However, this will not happen without a planned workforce with the funding, supervision and training to support it.

“At the end of the inquiry, the committee will be making recommendations to the government on what action needs to be taken to ensure the potential of pharmacy is realised.

It is currently seeking views and evidence from anyone who can answer any or some of the questions listed here by Thursday 6 July.

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