Sajid Javid, the UK health secretary, said he is looking into developing a national pharmacy minor ailments service in England to bring back more face-to-face appointments and take pressure off GP practices.
Community pharmacies can offer free advice, referrals, and treatment to patients with minor conditions under the NHS Pharmacy First scheme launched throughout Scotland in July 2020.
“Sajid Javid to develop a national pharmacy minor ailments service in England.“
Javid's comments were published on the same day as NHS England released its plan to improve patients' access and general support practice. From November 2021 to March 2022, a £250 million winter fund will be set aside to expand access to same-day and face-to-face GP consultations.
The plan highlights that every GP practice will be prompted to sign up to refer patients, by 1 December 2021, through the community pharmacist consultation service. Furthermore, there will be new reasons for GPs to refer patients to the scheme.
Chair of the English Pharmacy Board, Thorrun Govind, stated: “I’d now look to the government and NHS to work with professional bodies, patient groups and others across the health service on how we can build on this to include services such as supplying medicines without the need to visit a GP."See all the latest jobs in Consumer