A pharmacy school has been banned from operating in England because of concerns about safety and a lack of staff, it has been claimed.
Pharmacy schools in Wales and Northern Ireland were also warned against opening new branches in England.
The College of Pharmacy in Cardiff, which has branches in the Midlands and North West, was told it would not be able to operate if its premises were not fit for purpose.
It is not clear how many staff would be needed in Wales.
Dr Stephen Henson, chief executive of the College of Medicinal Chemistry in Cardiff said the decision to bar the College was a “shocking decision”.
“We are very pleased with this decision,” he said.
“It’s a good sign that the College is no longer being used as a breeding ground for a generation of people who want to go into pharmacy but who can’t find a job.”
In an open letter, the College said it was concerned about the risk of “a repeat of the events of 2014, when there was a significant influx of staff in the field of pharmacy”.
It said the school was not required to carry out the required training to take part in a national pharmacy recruitment scheme.
“We have been in regular contact with the National Health Service (NHS) to ensure that our school is fit for the future, but we must be mindful that if we are to retain staff we need to ensure they are properly trained and able to work in a safe and competent environment,” the letter said.
The closure of the Cardiff College follows similar moves in other parts of England. “
We would like to reassure all staff and potential staff that we are committed to ensuring that the safety and wellbeing of our students is paramount.”
The closure of the Cardiff College follows similar moves in other parts of England.
In January, the British Pharmacy Association said it would be “highly unlikely” that a school would be allowed to reopen if it was found to be no-go for the profession.
NHS England said it could not comment on individual cases.
A spokesman said: “We have asked for the guidance of the Department for Education, Skills and Rural Affairs (DfE), which has made its own decision and the guidance from the College will apply to the schools we have closed in the past.”
The Department will make a final decision in due course.
“‘Not for the faint-hearted’ Dr Henson said the closure of some schools was “not for the least bit surprising”.”
I think the reality is that it’s quite easy to look at these things and not think it’s all about the students,” he told the BBC.
He said he expected more schools to close if the government did not take further action.”
Earlier this year, the University of Manchester published a report warning that “health risks from the proliferation of pharmacy schools and pharmacy colleges are not limited to a few isolated sites in the UK”. “
But it is not for the little people, it’s for the very, very, extremely well-educated, highly-qualified people who come to the profession.”
Earlier this year, the University of Manchester published a report warning that “health risks from the proliferation of pharmacy schools and pharmacy colleges are not limited to a few isolated sites in the UK”.
The report, which also highlighted concerns over safety and quality, also called for the closure or “regulatory change” of some pharmacies and said there were “significant gaps” in the quality of healthcare in England and Wales.