New proposals could see pharmacy privatised

The pharmacy at the RLI could be privatised

The pharmacy at the RLI could be privatised

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The pharmacy at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary could be outsourced to a private company under new proposals.

The service is currently run in-house, but University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust (UHMBT) said the move could help reduce waiting times for prescriptions and offer extra services. But concern has been raised over private companies putting profit over quality of service.

Juliet Walters, chief operating officer for UHMBT said: “We are always looking for ways to improve our services, and currently this includes a proposal to work with a commercial partner to reduce waits for outpatient prescription dispensing and offer extra services, such as more health screening. We also hope we can find ways to make sure patients have better information about their medicines and can receive their prescriptions quicker when leaving hospital after a stay. We will continue to thoroughly and rigorously explore options, and no decisions have yet been made.”