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The Pharmacy Defence Association (PDA) has expressed concerns about the General Pharmaceutical Council’s (GPhC) proposals suggested in the consultation on initial education and training.

PDA, in its consultation response, recommended not to make any changes as a result of this consultation. The association also advised GPhC to put forward a more detailed consultation at a later date, considering the responses to this consultation.

The association criticised the consultation proposals for severely lacking in detail.

“Broadly speaking, we would like to see the format of pharmacist’ training aligned with that of other healthcare professionals, with structured professional career frame, works for pharmacists in the different sectors of practice,” PDA said in a statement.

The other recommendations include revisions to the learning outcomes and the selection and admission process, the need to include an indicative syllabus and retain important regulatory requirements that underpin patient safety.