Press Release

RPS England response to outcome of judicial review into community pharmacy reforms in England

The judicial review into the community pharmacy reforms reported today.

The RPS recognises the impact the judicial review will have on pharmacists and their patients and we will continue to support our members in the vital work they do each and every day.

Effective relationships between the national pharmacy bodies and the Department of Health are essential if we are to deliver the role of community pharmacy in providing health and wellbeing in local communities. The RPS will continue to work with our members, NHS England, the Department of Health and all the pharmacy trade bodies to ensure patients and the public get the best possible care through community pharmacy. 

Chair of RPS England Sandra Gidley said: “The Government is not making the most of what community pharmacy has to offer. Without exception, reports on community pharmacy highlight the huge potential for improving care of patients with long term conditions and supporting public health.  As a matter of urgency after the general election the new government needs to respond to the recommendations of the Murray Review and take forward a positive plan for community pharmacy.“

RPS will continue to deliver its ambitious strategy to ensure pharmacists in all settings have a successful future. We will build upon our work to support members to improve their practise and achieve high quality care for patients and continue to champion the roles pharmacists play as an integral part of the primary care team.

Each of the main political parties in England have recognised the important role community pharmacists play in delivering healthcare in their manifestos.  We will work to ensure the new Government delivers its manifesto commitments to the profession.

The RPS has campaigned for pharmacists to have access to clinical information which has led to the investment in Summary Care Record access by NHS England. Our call for a greater number of pharmacist prescribers, especially in community settings, has already been met by a GPhC consultation on removing barriers that allow pharmacist prescribers to train future prescribers. We will build on these successes and continue to press for pharmacists to be included in the multidisciplinary team across the NHS.