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'Help pharmacists with GP work'

Pharmacists need 'a huge injection of resources' from their new contract to enable them to take on more work from GPs, according to the GPC.

Speaking at a meeting of the All-Party Pharmacy Group, GPC chair Dr John Chisholm reiterated the need for pharmacists to provide more chronic conditions management and minor self-limiting illness care under the new GMS contract.

Dr Chisholm added pharmacists would also be expected to provide elements of out-of-hours care. He said: 'This is an opportunity to make better use of the skills of all health care professionals.'

Information sharing between GPs and pharmacists would have great benefits for patients, Dr Chisholm added.

'I would wish to see pharmacists becoming prescribers and the electronic transfer of prescriptions,' he said.

But he warned good IT systems in pharmacies were vital.

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