Janice Oman, Scotland Representation Manager at the NPA said:
“Widening the scope of conditions for the Minor Ailments Service to facilitate pharmacist prescribing for uncomplicated conditions such as urinary tract infections, for example, has enabled many suitable patients to receive treatment and advice without having to go to A&E or to see a GP.
“Independent prescribers in pharmacies, GP Practices and NHS clinics, are providing excellent patient care and the NPA welcomes the commitment to increase the opportunities for pharmacists to train to be independent prescribers.
“Pharmacists are the experts in medicines and as such are the correct professional to support any pharmaceutical care issue. It makes sense they lead in medication review for patients.”
“We also support the idea for a workforce plan for the clinical expertise of pharmacists however it would be good to understand how the party intends to expand on the existing pharmacy support staff of technicians, dispensers and counter assistants.”