PSNC: NHS long-term plans must make better use of community pharmacies

PSNC: NHS long-term plans must make better use of community pharmacies

March 29, 2018

Additional NHS funding of £760 million has been announced to help 40 NHS hospitals and community services to modernise and transform their buildings and services.

The funding, announced by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, will be spent on programmes to meet local demand, such as new urgent care centres and the refurbishment of mental health facilities.

The announcement came after the Prime Minister voiced her support for a ‘sustainable, long-term plan’ for the NHS, which she said the Government would provide a multi-year funding settlement to support. The Government is also releasing £150 million to support the NHS in becoming more efficient.

In another written statement made this week, Jeremy Hunt gave an update on NHS winter performance, highlighting the intense pressure the health service has been under this winter, but congratulating NHS staff for their hard work.

The Health Secretary reported that NHS 111 had offered 150,000 extra calls each month over winter, and that over one and a half million more people have been vaccinated against flu compared to this time last year.

PSNC Director of NHS Services Alastair Buxton said:

“We absolutely believe that the NHS needs to have a long-term plan for a sustainable future, and this will require radical thinking if the health service is to meet the growing demands facing it. It will not be possible without making much better use of community pharmacies; who have once again this winter been supporting the NHS by offering a first port of call for patients.

The NHS must recognise the value of this network of healthcare locations, and in future we would like to see community pharmacies playing a central role in helping people to stay healthy, to self-care and to manage their long-term conditions, thereby reducing some of the immense pressure that we know GPs and hospitals are still under.”

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