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Are community pharmacists being left out of NHS policy making?

Are community pharmacists being left out of NHS policy making?

In February, when health and social care secretary Jeremy Hunt announced three “ground-breaking” measures to tackle the estimated 237 million medication errors that occur in England every year, community pharmacists were broadly supportive of the move.

With their specialist knowledge of medicines, pharmacists are the obvious experts to consult for advice on how to reduce the scale of medicines errors in the NHS. And community pharmacists, who dispense more than a billion NHS prescription items every year, would have at least been able to give important insights into how best to do this.

As Mr Hunt announced his three-pronged attack to reduce the “appalling levels of harm and death that are totally preventable”, the sector might have hoped that he would have had some community

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