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a green cross imageJune 26 2018

Five national pharmacy organisations have written jointly to NHS England and NHS Improvement offering their support to a proposed NHS Assembly.

The new NHS Assembly is being discussed by NHS leaders and would include representatives from commissioning bodies as well as those who work in the healthcare sector. Details were referenced in the minutes of a meeting in May between NHS England and NHS Improvement. 

The chief executives of PSNC, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, the Company Chemists Association, the National Pharmacy Association and the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies have co-signed the letter, collectively representing 11,600 community pharmacies in England. 

The CEOs “very much support the proposal to create a forum to oversee progress on the vital work being done to ensure the sustainability of the NHS,” says the letter. “We also particularly welcome the intention to draw Assembly members from a broad spectrum of stakeholders working across the healthcare sector, and we would like to express our interest in representing pharmacy within that.”

They refer to the £9 billion cost of the medicines dispensed against one billion prescription items each year by community pharmacy, adding that pharmacies “represent a vital resource for local communities, offering an easy point of contact with the NHS which many people rely on.”

Zoe Long, Head of Communications and Public Affairs at PSNC, commented: “The NHS Assembly could have an important role to play in overseeing the development of plans for the NHS, so we are very keen that pharmacy contributes to and supports its work. Pharmacists and their teams have a vital role to play for patients in the evolving NHS, and the pharmacy organisations want to work closely together to ensure that this role is maximised.”

RPS President Ash Soni added: “The profession of pharmacy has much to offer the Assembly as it works at the heart of healthcare services and can help streamline quality of care and deliver cost effective services.”

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PSNC announcement    
Pharmacy CEOs’ letter (via PSNC)           
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