Political Party Manifestos Published

Political Party Manifestos Published

May 18, 2017

The three major political parties have all now published their manifestos ahead of the General Election, with each making specific pledges about community pharmacy. 

The Conservatives manifesto, published today (Thursday May 18th), said the party would support community pharmacies in rural areas and ensure pharmacies can play a “stronger role to keep people healthy outside hospital”. Labour said it would halt the cuts to pharmacy funding. And the Liberal Democrats said they would ensure any changes did not “leave local areas without reasonable access to a community pharmacist”.

Further details and links to the manifestos are available below.

PSNC Head of Communications and Public Affairs Zoe Smeaton said:

“We are pleased to note that community pharmacy has had a specific mention in all three of the major parties’ manifestos. This shows us the positive impact that the campaign to promote community pharmacy had last year, and we must continue that work to promote the sector to politicians and more widely. In the run up to the General Election, LPCs and pharmacy teams can help us to engage with candidates at a local level. The shared pharmacymanifesto.com website and PSNC’s own resources hub have information and resources to help them to do this.”

The Conservatives Manifesto
The manifesto includes the following statements:
We will support pharmacies and village schools in rural areas. (page 26)  
We shall support more integrated working, including ensuring community pharmacies can play a stronger role to keep people healthy outside hospital within the wider health system. (page 68)
Download the manifesto: https://www.conservatives.com/manifesto

The Labour Manifesto
The manifesto includes the following statements:
And we will halt pharmacy cuts and review provision to ensure all patients have access to pharmacy services, particularly in deprived or remote communities. (Page 66)
Labour will give communities more power to shape their town centres, by strengthening powers to protect Post Offices, community pharmacies, high street banks, sports clubs, pubs and independent shops, and promote measures to decrease high-street vacancies. (Page 88)
Download the manifesto: http://www.labour.org.uk/index.php/manifesto2017

The Liberal Democrats Manifesto
The manifesto includes the following statement:
Ensure that any changes to the way pharmacies are funded do not leave local areas without reasonable access to a community pharmacist. (Page 21)
Download the manifesto: http://www.libdems.org.uk/manifesto



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