Rosie Pledges to Defend Local Pharmacies

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02 Nov 2016


Negotiations on a new package of funding for community pharmacies have ceased and the Government is set to push through a funding cut that could force thousands of chemists to close across the country.
The Government’s initial plan to cut £170 million from the community pharmacy budget – a cut of 6 per cent – was put on hold after pressure from campaigners, but a new round of damaging cuts could now be imposed by the Government.  The Government’s own figures have shown that the £170 million cut could force up to 3,000 community pharmacies – one in four across the country – to close their doors to the public.

There are 79 community pharmacies in Doncaster and the current proposals would threaten up to 20 of those. 

I am opposing the cuts and raised this today in Parliament during an Opposition Debate on Cuts to Community Pharmacies.  I believe the Government should drop their damaging plan to cut community pharmacies – as many people, including young families and elderly people rely on them for free medical advice and prescription medicine. 

The Government’s plan is also a false economy for the NHS because community pharmacies can save the NHS money. I will be asking Ministers to enter into meaningful discussions with the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee to look at their proposals, which they estimate could save the NHS up to £650m per annum, more than three times the saving from cuts that the Government intend to impose.”


 

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Rosie Winterton MP for Doncaster Central
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