ABPI Cymru Wales has responded to the Welsh Assembly’s Health and Social Care Committee Inquiry into the contribution of community pharmacy to health services in Wales.
As an important partner for the pharmaceutical industry and an integral component of the medicines supply chain, community pharmacy plays an important role in the delivery of healthcare to patients throughout Wales. Community pharmacists can develop lifelong relationships with its customers, some of whom are from hard to reach patient groups. Community pharmacists could be instrumental in providing quality-led, cost-efficient health care, so necessary in these difficult economic times.
However, there are issues which the profession and Welsh Government need to resolve, in order to successfully implement expanded professional service delivery. Doubts around the validity of the England/Wales Pharmacy Contract, and the lack of cost of service data, is obviously of concern to community pharmacists and needs resolution to successfully monitor service delivery and ensure appropriate financial reward for the professional services delivered.
Download the full submission to the Inquiry into the contribution of community pharmacy (PDF, 374KB)