[PDF] Dispensing health equality

Publisher:
New NHS Alliance
Publication date:
01 June 2016

Abstract

Community pharmacy is playing an increasingly important role in primary care, working alongside family doctors to support people’s health and wellbeing. This is particularly true in deprived areas, where an inverse care law1 applies. Communities that most need doctors are, in reality, frequently under-doctored. In these areas, local pharmacies are not just an invaluable community asset, dispensing medicines and vital public health services, they are potentially a key to unlocking deep-rooted health inequalities.