GP pharmacy prospect
Every GP in the country will be free to open a pharmacy in their practice if the Government decides to adopt the recommendations of a recent
Office of Fair Trading report.
It argues that existing rules limiting the number of pharmacists in a geographical area are not responsive enough to changing consumer needs and reduce competition between pharmacies.
Dr Larry Goodyer, head of pharmacy practice at King's College London, said that with large health centres becoming more common, employing a pharmacist and reaping the profits could be attractive to many GPs.
Dr Adrian Kay, lecturer in public policy at the University of Bristol, warned it could mean the end for some dispensing practices as more supermarkets would be allowed to have pharmacies.