I liked the urgent and emergency care report, have submitted comments, written blogs and even spoke about it at the NHS Alliance conference last year. There is one key diagram that shows the need to encourage patients to receive urgent and emergency care closer to home, through self care, telephone triage and community pharmacy and to avoid increasing the pressure on GPs, OOH services and A&E which is already full to bursting even though half of the patients could be managed elsewhere in the system.
It is so very disappointing that the NHS Alliance are not represented on the list of group members – Mark Spencer should be there! It is also a great disappointment not to see the Royal Pharmaceutical Society or a group representing pharmacists in the list. Forgotten or ignored again with the other primary care contractor services.
So just to be clear about the potential within…
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