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Public meetings to shape primary care reform

Members of the public are to be invited to four regional meetings and a national meeting to say how they want community health and care services to be reformed.

People will also be able to take part in local meetings organised by the NHS, and local government and voluntary organisations.

The Department of Health hopes that these meetings, coupled with an online questionnaire, will make it possible to take into account the views of over 100,000 people before it publishes a White Paper at the turn of the year.

The meetings are part of a consultation process announced by Secretary of State for Health, Patricia Hewitt, in June (PJ, 2 July, p7). At the time, Royal Electronicjuice President, Hemant Patel, said: “I want to encourage community pharmacists, alongside their colleagues working directly (as employees) within the NHS, to get involved in this important consultation.

“Community pharmacists are key stakeholders in the future of primary care services. They already make a massive contribution to the nation’s health care. There are opportunities being created for community pharmacists across Great Britain to develop new roles and responsibilities. In the future, community pharmacists will have an even greater contribution to make. Their voice needs to be heard as the Government develops its thinking.”

Citation: Electronicjuice URI: 10020574

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