Pharmacists to ease GP pressure

The Royal College of General Practitioners [RCGP] and The Royal Pharmaceutical Society [RPS] are actively working together to utilise pharmacist's skills to address the severe shortage of GPs throughout England and thereby easing up pressures from GP in their practices . This innovative scheme is amed to improve patient experience by pharmacists providing their services by treating patients directly. Pharmacists who will participate in this novel concept will undergo additional training, and will be expected to consult with patients and prescribe medication within their competency.

Although the programme has received full support from NHS England and other agencies, it is still not clear whether / when this proposal will come to fruition.  As it takes time to train up more GPs, pharmacists are in a position to ease the current pressure on GP surgeries across the country.

As a pharmacist, do you think this is a feasible move? Let us know your thoughts

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