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200 pharmacists recruited to tackle overprescribing in care homes


Wow, super-pharmacists. They are going to be busy! 416,000 care home residents 200 pharmacists 2000 care home patient per pharmacist (except there is churn on those care home beds so 2500 patients per pharmacist over the year more like it) Our experience with similar scheme from local CCG is that pharmacist needs a lot of time with a GP to take responsibility for all the changes they make and amending the EMIS record, and then isnt around to deal with the fall-out (ie angry relatives writing complaints about elderly person being taken off statin/being put on statin/stopping vitamin D/starting vitamin D/ having to buy own moisturising cream etc). The associated costs of 'free' GP time are never measured. Admission avoidance is claimed, but never measured and never proven. Vitamin D tablets not resulting in many admissions so far. Are these anyway just the same pharmacists that PCNs will be employing and paying VAT for, just reannounced in a different way? Where are they all going to come from?

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17 May 2019

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