9 May 2023

Pharmacies to be given powers to hand out prescriptions in England

Health and Social Care Editor

Community pharmacies in England will be given new cash to take on some patient treatment roles, from basic prescriptions to routine tests – designed to relieve the pressure on GPs.

While doctors have broadly welcomed the plans, they said it wouldn’t address the acute staff shortage – while  the Prime Minister would not be drawn on government promises to provide 6000 more GPs by 2024.