Waste in the NHS

So I heard that Public Health in a certain locality near me have cancelled the contract for Health Checks in community pharmacy. They have no money and probably no aspiration to change the health of their local community.

To cap it all they are withdrawing the equipment from the pharmacies unless the pharmacy pays them £1,000. As the slogan goes – every little helps. So the van came today.

So what do we have – a successful Health Check Service cancelled and a public health department with a whole room filled with analysers that are not going to be used?

Does this sound sensible to you? Is waste becoming an art form in the NHS? Are all the people who would value a Health Check gone? Are GPs in a position to help all the worried well in the country?

Why is there no grown up conversations and a middle ground found?


About markmandc (270 Articles)
A pharmacist with experience working in secondary care, primary care, community pharmacy and general practice.

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