Whilst I applaud the general message of this briefing by Charles Willis, I remain concerned that some statements in the sections on Senates and IT give the impression that all pharmacists are interchangeable and this is surely contrary to the statements later in the document about professional development, support, and the RPS mission. In community, for instance, only community pharmacists have no access to direct contact with GPs; only community pharmacists have no access to patient records. Primary care pharmacists have this access. And yet the statement consistently refers to 'pharmacists' throughout the briefing, without distinction.
Whilst primary care pharmacists have been worst affected by the NHS Health and Social Care White Paper, this briefing makes me feel as if the RPS is abandoning us. I note how many discussion groups of 'like-minded pharmacists' there are on this site, and wonder why I feel that only one of all those very different types of pharmacist has apparently been represented to the Government?
Gill Speak, NMP Clinical Pharmacist