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BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 17 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1511

Pharmacists could help ease pressure on GPs: The Royal College of General Practitioners and Royal Pharmaceutical Society have called on pharmacists to work as part of the general practice team, much the same as practice nurses do, to help ease pressure in primary care. They said that pharmacists would deal with day to day medicine issues and liaise with hospitals, community pharmacists, and care homes to help ensure seamless care for patients, which should improve patient safety and reduce waiting times for appointments.

Law is needed for equal funding for mental health: Legal measures are needed to enforce “parity of esteem” to ensure that mental health is valued as much as physical health, the wellbeing think tank 2020health has said.1 The UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence should ensure that legally binding …

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