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C+D editor to grill industry leader on French pharmacy model on stage

The fifth PharmacyForum event will be held in Marbella, Spain
The fifth PharmacyForum event will be held in Marbella, Spain

C+D’s editor will interview a senior French community pharmacy leader live on stage to find out more about the model favoured by the UK health secretary.

James Waldron will talk to Anne-Hélène Lebec – former chief executive of 1,300-strong pharmacy network Giphar France, and now a consultant for the sector – in front of an audience at the PharmacyForum conference in June.

The conversation will follow on from C+D’s exclusive revelation last year that UK health secretary Matt Hancock wants to “move towards the French model for pharmacies, where they do more”.

Commenting on the forthcoming event, Mr Waldron said: “The news last October of Mr Hancock’s interest in the French model came as a surprise to the sector.

“Since then, C+D has dug deeper into how French pharmacies operate,” he added. “With 2019 shaping up to be a pivotal year for the long-term direction of the sector, it’s the perfect time to hear first-hand from one of France’s key pharmacy leaders about what the UK can learn from its equivalents across the channel – and vice versa.”

What is the PharmacyForum?

The fifth PharmacyForum event – for which C+D is the exclusive media partner – will see the conference return to the Don Carlos Hotel in Marbella, Spain for June 12-13. Organisers OpenRoom says it will “again collect the industry’s top community pharmacy groups and trusted suppliers for two days of supercharged networking”.

PharmacyForum is an invitation-only event, sponsored by Velresco and Caragon Flex. If you are interested in participating, contact [email protected]

Do you think the UK should follow the French model of pharmacy?

A.S. Singh, Community pharmacist

In France they have one owner per pharmacy - that would be a good start

Azim Ashraf, Locum pharmacist

Lol I agree however I don't see the tory government supporting a move that would reduce massive foregin corporation domination of our industry.
In favour of true free market economics which having lots of independents would provide.

In short if big boys loose money it's a bad idea!

Benie I, Locum pharmacist

Any chance of the editor 'grilling' Boots and Well about their thoughts on pharmacy apprenticeships ?

Azim Ashraf, Locum pharmacist

Or grilling the French chap about Thier pharmacist education as an alternative to the apprenticeship, seeing as the French education model is better than ours too imo.

Benie I, Locum pharmacist

Unlikely  I suppose as it could jeopardise C&D advertising revenue. Conflict of interest ?

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