Latest pharmacy campaign news

Latest pharmacy campaign news

August 10, 2016

At CPS we have been working hard over the past few months to raise awareness with local MPs and other stakeholders regarding the current threats to community pharmacy. We are pleased to announce that we have gained the support of another Sheffield MP; Paul Blomfield MP for Sheffield Central.

 

Paul Blomfield labour MP for Sheffield Central demonstrated his support for community pharmacy by visiting Lo’s pharmacy on Broomhall Street.

 

Paul has demonstrated his support for Community Pharmacy in the past by signing the Community Pharmacy Charter and visiting pharmacies within his constituency. On Wednesday 27th July he gave up over an hour of his time to listen to our concerns regarding the recent Government proposals for changes and funding cuts to Community Pharmacy.

 

Paul met community pharmacist James and his team who work in the heart of a very diverse community. The team shared examples of how they are able to support vulnerable patients within their locality and patient stories demonstrating where they routinely go above and beyond their core NHS responsibilities of supplying medicines to patients by; providing urgent home deliveries, contacting a patient’s GP when they had been concerned about an elderly lady in her 80’s who was unwell and disorientated/confused, different to her usual presentation and how they support patients who cannot speak English.

Paul also heard how the pharmacy engage with locally commissioned services such as the minor ailments scheme and substance misuse services.

 

The proposed changes and funding cuts could have a huge impact on pharmacies such as this one, affecting the level of care and support vulnerable patients could receive in the future.

 

New Minister for Pharmacy; David Mowat MP

 

The recent Government reshuffle and announcement of a new Minister for Pharmacy gives us a glimmer of hope that the proposals may be reviewed with ‘fresh eyes’. Paul has kindly offered to write to David Mowat MP on our behalf. Let’s hope that the consequences of the proposals put forward and the impact these will have on the sector, the public, patients, primary and urgent care will be fully considered by the new Minister and that new proposals are developed that support the better use of community pharmacists and their teams to drive efficiencies within the NHS without the closure of pharmacies in the heart of communities providing vital health and social care support.



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