Documents recently seen by Independent Community Pharmacist revealed that major pharmacy organisations want a reduction in the number of local pharmaceutical committees (LPCs) in England. That was in response to an independent review being carried out on the role and structure of the PSNC and LPCs in England.
The Company Chemists’ Association and the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies said they were keen on reducing the current number LPCs which stands at 69.
A third organisation, the National Pharmacy Association, called for a streamlining of the LPC network “to better align with NHS structures,” insisting it does “not generally mirror the 44 sustainability and transformation partnerships in England.”
So what do you think?
Would reducing the number of LPCs reduce unnecessary duplication of work and create much-needed efficiencies or would it hinder attempts by independent community pharmacies across the country to engage with primary care networks?
Should there be a reduction in the number of LPCs in England?
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