RPS England Chair Claire Anderson said:
“Steps to facilitate more efficient ways of working are welcome, but must be backed by investment and a comprehensive workforce strategy.
“These changes must help not hinder our health and care staff, who are focused on looking after patients during a global pandemic.
“Staff are already under pressure and I’d urge the Government to ensure they get the help they need, supporting their wellbeing, boosting recruitment, and investing in education and training.
“Long-term reforms must also ensure we make the most of the whole of the pharmacy workforce to deliver patient care and reduce health inequalities.
“The white paper includes a welcome focus on patient safety and we know pharmacists’ clinical leadership will be key to supporting this across the health service.
“National plans must be backed by sufficient resource to support local delivery and it will be vitally important for the Government to engage with both patients and health professionals as the proposals move forward.”
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