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Pharmacy’s essential role throughout the eventful years of NHS70

Community pharmacists have played a vital role in the NHS during its 70-year history
Community pharmacists have played a vital role in the NHS during its 70-year history

How has community pharmacy’s role in the NHS evolved in the 70 years since its creation in 1948?

From a rocky start fraught with late payments in 1948, to new laws to protect pharmacists in 2018, C+D outlines the sector's defining moments, and its role in the NHS, in an interactive timeline to celebrate the health service's 70th birthday this month.

With thanks to the British Society for the History of Pharmacy president Stuart Anderson for fact-checking.

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2019 - As EPS accounts for 90% of all Rx dispensed call centres begin ringing patients to get them to "sign" up to the newly launched and heavily promoted AtoZ distance selling pharmacy. Bricks and mortar pharmacies are closing at a rate of 1 per day.

2020 - New supervision regulations mean that a GPhC registred pharmacist working remotely anywhere in the world can oversee "as many pharmacies as they feel capable of". Bricks and mortar pharmacies are closing at a rate of 3 per day.

2022 - The last public health funded pharmacy service in England gets pulled as Town Hall chiefs claim that there are more efficient ways of delivering these services through food banks. 

2025. 1,000 of the 5,000 community pharmacies still open in England are given contracts to supply licenced psychoactive substances to paying customers in accordance to approved weekly limits. 

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