John Spellar calls on the Government to stop planned cuts of £170 million from community pharmacies.
The budget cut will mean that pharmacies are less able to help patients at a time when the Government is asking them to do more to prevent of ill-health and promote healthy living.
The cut, which will take effect this year, sees the budget for community pharmacies decrease from £2.8 billion to £2.63 billion, amounting to a cut of 6 percent.
This reduction in funding also comes as NHS primary care and Accident and Emergency services are struggling to cope with demand. Community pharmacies provide vital healthcare and advice which reduces the burden on other local healthcare services.
John Spellar has signed a petition against the cuts, and is urging others to do the same here.
John Spellar said:
“The Government’s planned cuts to community pharmacies are incredibly damaging to our local health services and exacerbate the pressure on GP and urgent care services. The Government must work with pharmacies towards a better deal.”