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Bid to improve GP-pharmacist relations

A joint venture between the BMA and the National Pharmacy Association (NPA), the workbook aims to help the two professional groups identify local challenges and formulate solutions by working together.

The workbook - Improving communication between community pharmacy and general practice - has already been put into practice by one county's local pharmaceutical committee (LPC) and local medical committee (LMC) to improve patient care.

Colette McCreedy, NPA director of pharmacy said: "With many pharmacists now carrying out interventions such as MURs (medicine use reviews) and offering services such as repeat dispensing it is vital that there is a good dialogue between the pharmacy and the GP surgery. Positive general practice-community pharmacy relationships are important in providing seamless patient care."

Dr Laurence Buckman of the BMA added: "The GP-pharmacist workbook is an extremely useful resource that will help GPs manage their communications with community pharmacists in an efficient and smooth fashion.

"Through mutual understanding and shared learning we will find that we can make our jobs easier. I'm sure it will be a helpful aide to GPs across the country as well as improving relations between professionals."

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