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Sandra Gidley: Funding cuts make records access more urgent

The English Pharmacy Board chair says RPS will "campaign hard" for read-write access


Greater records access will limit the effects of any pharmacy closures caused by the government's planned 6% cut to funding in England, according to Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) English Pharmacy Board chair Sandra Gidley.

Read-only access to the summary care record, currently being rolled out to all pharmacies in England, is "only the first step of the journey", Ms Gidley told C+D at a RPS event on records access in London last week (January 6).

How would read-write records access improve the sevice you offer patients? 

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Gerry Diamond, Primary care pharmacist

Shes was a Lib Dem  code for roll over and die!

Gareth Rowe, Community pharmacist

It would be nice if the RPS were lobbying the DOH on our behalf, explaining why this cut in funding will adversely affect patient care and services provided by pharmacies which keep people out of primary care which in turn saves the NHS money! The BMA lobbied for junior doctors and coordinated their recent strike. Whilst I'm not advocating a strike of our own it just would be nice if we had some representative body with some teeth who would stand up to the government and say 'we are not putting up with this anymore'. Is it going to take for us to withdraw doing all of the things that we do which save patients going to the GP, going to the hospital, going to out-of-hours and putting the system into meltdown before someone actually explains this to the government?

THB _B, Community pharmacist

This person is on another planet.

N O, Pharmaceutical Adviser So how much guts do we have, OUR LEADERS (so called) ????

Clive Hodgson, Community pharmacist

A non sequitur if ever there was one.

N O, Pharmaceutical Adviser

Okay. Let me put it this way, how can SCR lead to more income?

Harry Tolly, Pharmacist

I was banging my head on the CD cabinet as I heard this nonsense. Total utter nonsense.

David Pattinson, Community pharmacist

How? Please explain!

Dave Downham, Manager

Is that the smell of Rome burning? You seem to have accepted that pharmacies are to close, Ms Gidley - thanks for your support.

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