Report calls upon the Government to improve pharmaceutical services in rural areas

Report calls upon the Government to improve pharmaceutical services in rural areas

May 9, 2019

The House of Lords Select Committee on the Rural Economy recently published a report which has recommended that the Government take steps to improve pharmaceutical services in rural areas.

Following a call for evidence, PSNC, along with Community Pharmacy Wales, submitted evidence to the inquiry, advocating greater utilisation of community pharmacies to deliver healthcare needs for communities. In particular, PSNC drew attention to the Essential Small Pharmacies Local Pharmaceutical Services (ESPLPS) scheme, which PSNC considers has sustained rural pharmacies for many years in places where they might not have been otherwise financially viable, until the closure of the scheme in March 2017.

PSNC submitted that to improve and maintain health services in rural areas, a credible successor to the ESPLPS scheme should be introduced, with additional funding, to safeguard patient access to smaller pharmacies in rural areas.

The report took this into consideration and consequently recommended:

  • Government should also take steps to improve rural pharmaceutical services. This might include reopening the Essential Small Pharmacies and Local Pharmaceutical Services (ESPLPS) scheme, which helped rural pharmacies in places where they would not otherwise have been financially viable.

View the report in full: Time for a strategy for the rural economy



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