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    WRITING in The Yorkshire Post over the summer, I warned about the devastating impact that Government cuts to pharmacies could have on our local communities and our NHS. And I invited the new Minister, David Mowat, to re-think the plan. In September, it seemed that the Government might be listening when the Minister told a conference of pharmacists that he was shelving the cuts programme so he could “spend the time… to make sure we are making the correct decision, and that what we do is right for you, right for the NHS and right for the public more generally”. […]
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    We don’t want more access to services, we want access to better services; more planned and less walk-in care; policies that promote patient-professional relationships; and systems shaped by clinical need rather than financial or managerial considerations. I have long been opposed to patient lists for pharmacies. My feeling is that having to ensure people come back because they want to encourages good service. But the modern advanced services such as Medicines Use Review and the New Medicines Service only work well if we have patient lists, and it’s very hard to drive standards up if we have no denominator for […]
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