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RPS in England comments on NHS legislation

RPS England comments on Health and Care Bill

Commenting on the forthcoming Health and Care Bill announced in today’s Queen’s Speech, Chair of RPS in England Professor Claire Anderson said:

“Health leaders have long called for greater collaboration to improve the wellbeing of local communities, but legislation alone won't guarantee success.

“How these changes are implemented on the ground will be key and there are still a number of questions on issues such as leadership and governance, clinical and patient engagement, and the scale of future changes to commissioning.

“We welcomed the commitment from the Government’s White Paper to work with the health and care system in developing this implementation programme. If we are to learn the lessons from COVID-19 and truly build back better with innovative approaches to patient care, pharmacy must be included alongside other partners.

“With health and care staff already strained from this global pandemic, implementation must minimise further disruption. Early engagement with patient and professional groups, as well as the wider health and care system, will be fundamental to making the changes a success.

“Delivering integrated health and care services throughout England will also depend on investment in our workforce and a long-overdue upgrade to health and care records so that all pharmacists can make the most of their expertise to support patient care.”

Read our submission to the Health and Social Care Committee on the Government’s White Paper.

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