Minor ailments pharmacists could save NHS £1bn
23rd October 2014
Using pharmacists to handle minor ailments could save the National Health Service more than £1 billion a year, according to new research from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society
It says the cost of treating common ailments in community pharmacies is only about £29 per patient, but this spirals to £147 per patient when addressed in A&E and at £82.34 per patient when treated by a GP, also increasing waiting times and cutting the care available for more serious conditions.
The study estimates that 3% of all A&E consultations and 5.5% of GP consultations for common ailments could be be taken care of by pharmacists in the community, which means that more than 650,000 visits to A&E and over 18 million GP consultations every year could be diverted.
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