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Author: News Letter
Published on 30 July 2013 10:00 AM

Health Minister Edwin Poots is seeking the views of patients, clients, services users, service providers and citizens about how pharmacy in the community can support improved health outcomes for the NI population.

Launching a public consultation on an updated strategy for the provision of pharmacy services in the community Minister Poots said: “Under Transforming Your Care (TYC) and at the core of my vision for our health and social care system is the need to raise the quality of care, improve outcomes, and enhance the patient experience.

“I recognise that the provision of safe, high quality pharmacy services that meet the needs of the community has a key role to play in delivering this vision.

“A priority for me as Health Minister is to see the development of effective and efficient commissioning of pharmacy services in accessible community settings that contribute towards improving the health and wellbeing of our population and support the delivery of more care closer to home.

“I am therefore pleased to announce for public consultation an updated strategy for the provision of pharmacy services in the community.”

The purpose of the Strategy is to provide a clear direction for the delivery of pharmacy services in the community over the next five years aligned with current policies and changing population demographics and needs.

The strategy identifies four areas where pharmacy in the community will contribute most to improving health outcomes by;

  • Helping people to gain better outcomes from medicines.
  • Helping people to live longer, healthier lives.
  • Helping people to safely avail of care closer to home.
  • Helping people to benefit from advances in treatment and technology.

The consultation stage is designed to allow everyone to contribute to the strategic direction for pharmacy and can be accessed at

The consultation will run for 14 weeks from July 29 to November 1 2013.

For more information: Call Age NI Advice: 0808 808 7575