Adam Osprey of CPS said: “We are all for staff being trained to prescribe medication with the right model.
“Very often you come across someone with an infection and you know exactly what it is and know exactly what it means. But you have to send the person through the NHS, which takes a couple of days, and they come out the other side to get exactly what the pharmacist knew they were going to get anyway.”
On the idea of 24-hour pharmacies, Mr Osprey said there would have to be demand for the change.
“In practice, this would be challenging. It is about tailoring the pharmacies in terms of provision to the need under the current model including the out of hours provision currently provided by the network. But any extension of provision would need to be done carefully and in conjunction with evidenced need.”