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GPs and pharmacists 'should share financial incentives'

GPs and pharmacists should work together in similar alliances to those seen in GP partner practices, a new report recommends.

The London School of Pharmacy called for financial incentives to be shared between pharmacies and GP practices, and using IT links between GPs and pharmacists for exchanging patient information on screening and treatment.

GP practices should also be based in pharmacy owned and managed premises, to ‘encourage joined up care and easier patient access'.

Professor David Taylor, author of the report and professor pharmaceutical and public health policy, said: ‘Without more effective joint working, counterproductive rivalries between community pharmacy and GPs would leave patient needs unmet.'

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