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GPs call for BMA to take “urgent action” on drug shortages

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 22 November 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6661
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

GPs have demanded that the BMA General Practitioners Committee (GPC) England take “urgent action” to mitigate the effects of drug shortages.

The motion, which was passed in full at the annual Local Medical Committees (LMC) England conference held in London on 22 November, called for GPC England to recognise the “adverse impact” of shortages on patients and the GP workload.

The committee was instructed to secure extra funding to support general practices in dealing with current shortages and explore how to make “pharmacists responsible for identifying appropriate and available alternatives.”

Ray McMurray, a GP from …

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