Information for politicians

Published on: 15th February 2022 | Updated on: 15th June 2022

PSNC carries out a range of activities to brief MPs and peers on current issues within community pharmacy, particularly ahead of debates or opportunities for spoken interventions. We also advise politicians who reach out to us on an ad-hoc basis. 

All-Party Parliamentary Group for Pharmacy 

All-Party Groups are established in Parliament by MPs and peers as a focus for their interest in a particular issue. There is an All-Party Group for Pharmacy (APPG), which we encourage MPs to sign up to. Our APPG is supported by the national pharmacy organisations, which fund the executive and administrative assistance the Group receives. They are the PSNC, Company Chemists’ Association (CCA), the National Pharmacy Association (NPA), and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS). 

Visit the APPG’s website to see more details about upcoming events and other group publications and if you have any queries, you can contact Tendo Consulting, the agency who provide the secretariat for the group, via: contact@pharmacyappg.co.uk. 

Press releases for politicians

Rapid COVID-19 testing kits now available from pharmacies (May 2021)
Helping to promote the ‘Pharmacy Collect’ service.

Actions for MPs

There are a number of ways MPs can support community pharmacies:

  • Submit Parliamentary Questions: Asking oral parliamentary questions in the House of Commons chamber during departmental questions or Prime Minister’s Questions. Written parliamentary questions could also be submitted to help elicit information.
  • Letters and questions to Ministers: Writing letters or putting questions to Minsters/officials calling for additional support for community pharmacies.
  • Join the pharmacy group in Parliament: Consider joining or supporting the work of the All-Party Pharmacy Group (APPG) in Parliament. To join as a member, or simply find out more about upcoming events, please email: contact@pharmacyappg.co.uk

Further information

Anyone requiring further advice is encouraged to contact the PSNC Communications and Public Affairs Team via: commsteam@psnc.org.uk.

PSNC negotiates with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) on behalf of all NHS community pharmacies in England. Learn more about PSNC.