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Is the ‘French model’ really the future of UK community pharmacy?

Is the ‘French model’ really the future of UK community pharmacy?

Since his appointment in July, when he replaced Jeremy Hunt as health secretary, Matt Hancock has rarely spoken about community pharmacy, and even then, only in the vaguest of terms.

The sector only got a brief mention in his first speech, when he commited to investing “in primary care and community pharmacies so people don’t need to go to hospital”.

It wasn’t until C+D spoke to Mr Hancock following a fringe event at the Conservative party conference earlier this month (October 2) – and specifically asked the health secretary where community pharmacy fits into his plan for the NHS – that he revealed he wants to focus on “prevention rather than cure”.

“Pharmacy is incredibly important in the whole prevention agenda,” he told C+D.

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