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Pharmacy flu scheme 'leaves GPs with £4m loss'

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DH just announced 6% cut to community pharmacy contract https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/486941/letter-psnc.pdf "GP practices allocated 4% funding boost every year until 2021" http://www.pulsetoday.co.uk/home/finance-and-practice-life-news/gp-practices-allocated-4-funding-boost-every-year-until-2021/20030738.article whose "pockets are being lined" Anon Sessional/Locum GP? If some GPs "don't see Flu jabs as viable in future" there is somebody whos income is about to drop waiting in the wings to step up! Pharmacists DO have a role to play in managing patients health and minor illness and providing clinical services to patients whether egotistical Locum/sessional GP likes it or not. The "commercial interest" of pharmacists is negligible at most as most pharmacy income comes from NHS services (90%) http://psnc.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/The-community-pharmacy-guide-for-GPs-and-practice-staff-July-20131.pdf . Most pharmacIES are owned by a multinational conglomerates and pharmacISTS get a salary like any other employee, they usually have little concern in what buying choices patients make [Patient: "I'll stick to the Nurofen because its got a nice shiny packet and an advert with a target in it so it must be better than the generic Ibuprofen which you're recommending as its cheaper/the same, thanks anyway though Mr. Pharmacist"] .All businesses need to make a profit though, otherwise they are not sustainable, whether thats a pharmacY or a General Practice. The double standards of "pharmacists are only in this for the money" vs. "I'm really upset beacuse I'm losing profit is laughable!" Can't we all just get along for the benefit of the NHS, ourselves and most importantly the patients? If they make a choice to get their jab from a pharmacy for whatever reason they choose, should we be denying them that? Particularly in the era of Patient Centred Care Rant over!

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17 Dec 2015

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7:05pm

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