Your news analysis on regulation focused on the creation of the new Care Quality Commission. Government plans for changes in health and social care regulation are wide-ranging and will have very significant impacts for pharmacy. It was therefore surprising that your report did not make mention of the creation of the General Pharmaceutical Council, the other major new watchdog being established under the same bill, writes Jeremy Holmes
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, which performs a dual role as the professional and regulatory body for pharmacy, is engaged in an important de-merger, separating into the General Pharmaceutical Council and a new professional body for pharmacy.
Increasingly, pharmacists across key sectors of the NHS, including hospital, primary and community care, are taking on clinical roles and being challenged with delivering new healthcare services to the public. I want to raise awareness among health service managers of the changes the pharmacy profession is going through and the potential it has to deliver these services in a way that ensures both accessibility and quality.
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain is committed to enabling pharmacy to play its full part in the NHS, shaped by the Health and Social Care Bill, the Darzi review in England and the continual evolution of patient needs. Pharmacy is central to the NHS continuing to "up its game" to meet those needs.
Jeremy Holmes, chief executive and registrar, Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain