Patients back call to retain dispensing GPs
95% of patients at dispensing practices want to remain able to receive their medicines from the GP, according to a survey of over 6,000 patients conducted by the Dispensing Doctors' Association (DDA).
The survey ‘highlighted the depth of opposition to any reduction in services which would arise if new Government proposals are taken forward', which the DDA argued would hit patients at rural practices and those over 65 or disabled hardest.
The DDA urged the Government not to change to the rules governing GP dispensing, which would have ‘undesirable consequences such as a reduction of choice and access to vital health services, the closure of branch surgeries, and a loss of dispensary jobs, and potential service reductions.'DDA Report: Pharmacy White Paper