Great progress has been made in many countries to tackle the HIV epidemic. A newly diagnosed patient with access to the latest antiretroviral therapy (ART) can hope to have a normal life expectancy. Yet, over 30 years since the emergence of the virus, and 29 years since the first World’s AIDS Day, much more needs to done to bring these advances to developing countries and to reach groups at high risk of HIV transmission. One of the biggest barriers to achieving this aim is the stigma that is still rife in many countries.
London-based GP Clare Gerada is chairman of Clinical Board, Primary Care Transformation, NHS England (London Region). But she is probably best known for her work as chairman of the Council of the Royal College of General Practitioners, a post she held for three years. She shares her thoughts on the role pharmacy should play in UK healthcare.
Dispensing: it’s time to let it goSubscription
If the aspirations of pharmacy fulfilling a clinical role integral to public healthcare is ever to be realised, community pharmacists must shift their focus away from dispensing and towards providing health services.
Pharmacy student numbers will not be controlledSubscription
Pharmacy student numbers will not be capped, says Health Education England in the long-awaited response to a consultation on pharmacy education and training reforms.
The settlement includes £2bn, which will be delivered in fees and allowances, with the remaining £800m to be delivered through agreed drug purchase margins.
Pharmacy degrees should move away from a focus on chemistry and other sciences and concentrate on health provision, Scotland’s chief pharmacist has said.
Pharmacists should leave quackery in the past and focus on evidence of efficacy when selling over-the-counter drugs.