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Ajit Malhi, Head of Marketing Services for AAH Pharmaceuticals comments;
"It's encouraging to see that the investigation demonstrates a rise in spend across both enhanced services and minor ailments; however, it's as important to understand exactly what services are being commissioned.
It's crucial that any PCT spend is aligned with patient needs, particularly one that serves a certain demographic with specific needs. With the commissioning landscape ever changing the one constant should be that pharmacists can deliver a swift and reliable service given that future commissioners will be looking at evidence-based applications.
The success to date is definitely credit to a profession that has been a lot more proactive in recent times, engaging with communities and commissioners.
In addition, while the trend appears to be heading in the right direction it will be interesting to see if the increase continues for the coming 12 months; especially now that many PCTs are clustering and pharmacy may not be the primary focus."