Pharmacists demand access12th October 2006
Pharmacists are calling for full access to new patient summary care records.
The Company Chemists' Association, which represents most pharmacy chains including Boots, Lloyds and Asda, has also criticised the lack of pharmacist input on NHS Summary Care Record Taskforce, saying other healthworkers don't necessarily understand the role of the pharmacist and the importance of gaining full access.
The taskforce was set up to look at the concerns of patients and healthworkers about the creation of the summary care record and draw up a plan for its implementation. Members include representatives from the British Medical Association, the Royal College of Nursing and the College of Emergency Medicine.
The taskforce is due to present a report to ministers by the end of November. The CCA has written to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society outlining its views ahead of a meeting between the society and the taskforce to discuss the view of pharmacists. The CCA believe patients would expect their local pharmacist to have the information, and that the access is needed to exploit the potential of the new pharmacy contract, including independent and supplementary prescribing, diagnostic testing and managements of long term conditions. The association believes the summary record should contain details of illnesses, medication history, and diagnostic test results, as well as any known allergies, as a minimum.
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