Duncan Rudkin, chief executive of the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), told MPs that the regulator was seeing a “growing caseload around clinical issues”.

Speaking at the Health and Social Care Committee’s inquiry examining community pharmacies’ potential to increase ‘patient-facing’ care, Mr Rudkin told MPs that the GPhC is seeing a “growing caseload around clinical issues”, that he said related to “issues around prescribing judgments”.

He said this is forcing the GPhC to adapt its regulatory approach.  This meant that the GPhC was hiring new staff to build a different kind of workforce to respond to the new types of cases.

In practice, this meant that the GPhC is recruiting a growing proportion of clinically focused inspectors, many of whom are prescribers. 

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