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In full: Rishi Sunak's letter to the sector

What did the Prime Minister have to say in his letter of support to the sector? See the full text of his letter to the Sigma 2023 UK community pharmacy conference below

It gives me great pleasure to send a message of encouragement and support to those attending the annual Sigma UK Community Pharmacy Conference.


The government very much appreciates the hard work of our pharmacy teams and we want to enable them to do more to support the NHS.


Read more: ‘Not unnoticed’: Sunak issues letter of support to community pharmacy

Community pharmacies play such an important role in maintaining and looking after local communities and I want to extend my personal gratitude to everyone who provides these services daily. Your incredible work does not go unnoticed.


Earlier this year, the government announced a further investment of up to £645million over the next two years to support the Pharmacy First service for patients.


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This means that community pharmacists will be able to initially assess a patient and provide some options for treatment, without a GP's appointment. This will be an important addition to the work pharmacies already do, proving how valuable and trusted you are within your communities.


I wish you all a successful conference and hope that all those attending feel recognised for the work they do to look after our health.

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