Strachan slams DH proposals as "nonsense"
NPA chairman Ian Strachan derided aÂ Department of Health briefing document about proposed efficiencies for community pharmacy as "nonsense".
Mr Strachan said: â€œThere is a flat and glaring contradiction in the Department of Healthâ€™s position: it calls for community pharmacy to be at the heart of the NHS, then tells us how it plans to wrench the heart out of the sector. Itâ€™s appalling for pharmacy, appalling for patients and appalling for the NHS. Thatâ€™s as clear as day to me. Maybe the view is different from an ivory tower."
Mr Strachan called for independent community pharmacists to stand together and fight the proposals. â€œThe document refers to â€˜clinical pharmacistsâ€™ in GP practices, in care homes and at the end of a phone line. Never once does it acknowledge that there is any clinical capability in the community pharmacy setting. That is a slur, and I am personally offended by this unfavourable comparison"
The DH describes the document, in the form of a slide set, as â€œour vision for community pharmacy, and outline proposals for achieving that visionâ€ and invites comments from stakeholders by February 12. The consultation process is due to end on March 24.