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Flu service will make better use of sector, says minister

Alistair Burt: Government considering ways to reshape patient demand

Vaccinating patients in pharmacy will free up GPs to do more, says Alistair Burt MP

The national flu service is one example of how the government wants to make better use of the sector, pharmacy minister Alistair Burt has said.

The government is “committed to promoting innovative models of primary care”, which includes “breaking down barriers” between pharmacists and other care providers, Mr Burt told parliament on Monday (September 21).

In response to a written question from Conservative MP Heather Wheeler about what the government is doing to increase primary care capacity, Mr Burt cited the launch of the flu service this month as one way “community pharmacists can provide support [to] GPs”.

He also gave the example of the clinical commissioning group in Ms Wheeler’s South Derbyshire constituency, which is “exploring the potential to pilot clinical pharmacists in general practice to reduce workload pressures on GPs”, he stressed.

The government is working with the NHS to “consider ways we can reduce bureaucracy and re-shape patient demand”, he added.

Local pharmaceutical committee (LPC) representatives told C+D yesterday (September 23) that the flu service has got off to a “flying start” in its first week.


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S S Locum, Locum pharmacist

Mr Alistair Burt is right, Mr kirit Patel ( Pharmacy Business-Sept 15 ) is right too , saying that Pharmacy should be involved in the national Flu service to help the govt achieve the "flu " targets. The only that bothers me is that all the time pharmacy profession says it does this (and other ) services to support and to reduce the workload on GP's. However, when it comes to GP's ( refer to Dr Nagpul's remarks on pharmacy flu vaccine service) its never a level playing field !!!

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