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Boots UK boss Simon Roberts quits
Departure of president follows Guardian report that staff were allegedly pressured to milk NHS scheme
Boots has parted company with the boss of its UK operation weeks after a Guardian investigation revealed concerns about its business practices.
The pharmacy chain’s US parent company, Walgreens Boots Alliance, said Simon Roberts would be leaving in July “to pursue new opportunities”. He has been with the company for 13 years, the last three as president of Boots.
A recent investigation by the Guardian revealed managers were directing their pharmacists to provide medicine-use reviews (MUR) to customers who did not need them, in order to claim public money from the NHS.
The NHS pays £28 for each MUR, which is carried out by a pharmacist and intended to give patients professional advice on health, diet and how to manage their medicines.
The company’s pharmacists also alleged that a drive to cut costs was endangering patients and putting the pharmacists themselves under unreasonable pressure – in some cases affecting their own health.
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