Prime minister Theresa May has outlined plans to make a significant investment in primary and community healthcare of £3.5 billion a year in real terms by 2023/24.

This commitment, which forms a key part of the NHS long-term plan, is intended to help offer an alternative to hospital care by ensuring patients can receive care close to home. 

Part of this funding will be used to provide a scheme where healthcare professionals, including pharmacists and GPs, are assigned to care homes to provide more personalised support – an approach advocated by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

However, commenting on the announcement, PSNC chief executive Simon Dukes said: “We agree with the prime minister that providing an alternative to hospital is better for patients and the NHS, however we are surprised that the network of over 11,600 community pharmacies seems to have been overlooked... PSNC will be speaking with health ministers to address this and highlighting the role that community pharmacy teams can play in caring for people with long-term conditions.”

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