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COVID-19: RPS calls on parliament for greater pharmacy support

Written evidence has been submitted to the APPG inquiry on COVID-19
Written evidence has been submitted to the APPG inquiry on COVID-19

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has submitted evidence to the all-party parliamentary group (APPG) for COVID-19, highlighting pharmacy's role in the pandemic.

The RPS has called for greater support for pharmacy teams following their efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic in written evidence submitted to the APPG for COVID-19 inquiry.

The submission “covers a range of issues, including support and protection for pharmacy teams to deliver safe and effective care, adequate supplies of personal-protective equipment (PPE), access to testing and risk assessments for staff”, the RPS said yesterday (August 13).

It also highlighted the importance of more integrated services and making use of pharmacists’ clinical skills, calling for more investment into digital technology.

The 10-page document raised concerns about patients visiting pharmacies during the pandemic, despite having symptoms for COVID-19. Accessing PPE was also a “significant issue” for pharmacy teams, it said.

The RPS also made the case for potential COVID-19 vaccines to take place in community pharmacy in the future.

RPS English pharmacy board chair Professor Claire Anderson said that members have told the professional body “about some of the key changes they would like to see implemented following the crisis”.

“It’s time we all listen to pharmacists on the frontline, so we can learn from the wide-ranging experiences from the pandemic,” she said.

“With a potential second wave [of COVID-19] on top of winter pressures, pharmacists and their teams need to be reassured that they will have access to resources and support for their own wellbeing to ensure they can continue doing their jobs,” Professor Anderson added.

What do you make of the RPS's submission document?

sunil maini, Community pharmacist

Have no time to read document.But did it say anything about funding? Guess not

Freelance Chemist, Pre-reg Pharmacist

Hollow words, same old regurgitated nonsense!!

Soon-To-Be Ex-Pharmacist, Superintendent Pharmacist

The RPS are so weak nowadays, the little squeaky noises they make can safely be ignored by those upstairs in power. The Government makes no secret of the fact that it sees pharmacy as second class.

Leon The Apothecary, Student

There does seem to be an appetite there for converting dispensing pharmacy to pharmaceutical services. This is not going to be a smooth transition, however.

Dave Downham, Manager

Who's appetite?

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