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NHS: Five Year Forward View — Statement

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:58 am on 23rd October 2014.

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Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health 11:58 am, 23rd October 2014

My noble friend is absolutely right in what he says. The report lays great emphasis on the prevention agenda, not only through the work done in the public health arena by Public Health England and local authorities, but also through secondary prevention by the NHS itself: preventing the need for people to enter hospital in the first place. I fully agree with my noble friend about the potential role of pharmacists. Actually, that role has been enlarged over the past few years in an encouraging way with such things as medicines use reviews and the Healthy Living Pharmacy agenda. We want to go further and pharmacists are keen that we should do so.