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NPA: 1 million signatures on cuts petition not out of reach

The NPA expects a "dramatic uplift" in support in the next few weeks

The petition – drawn up by the NPA, PSNC, and Pharmacy Voice – smashed the 100,000 signature barrier last week


It is not "out of the question" that pharmacy bodies' petition against government funding cuts will reach one million signatures, the National Pharmacy Association (NPA) has said.

The paper petition smashed 100,000 signatures last week, and the NPA expects a "dramatic uplift" in support over the next few weeks, according to NPA head of communications Stephen Fishwick.

Asked whether one million signatures was a realistic target, he said: "It’s not out of the question. We’re not putting an official target on it, but we are confident of large numbers."

Petition will stay open into April

Pharmacy bodies plan to leave the petition open into April to give patients across the country a chance to support it, he said. It will then be sent directly to David Cameron.

The petition requires "lots, lots more" signatures than it currently has if it is to convince the Prime Minister to reverse the planned 6% cut to the global sum in England, he said in an exclusive interview yesterday (March 14).

But the the government would have to be "willfully deaf and blind" to ignore patients' opposition to the cuts.

More resources out now

Yesterday (March 15), the NPA began sending more resources for the campaign out to contractors, he said.

This includes packs of the paper petition alongside badges and posters that raise awareness of the campaign, he said.


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Ghengis Pharm, Locum pharmacist

Guys (and gals) please just ignore this Sami person. He or she is a troll.  Their comments are wildly contradictory and their typing is even worse. Do what I do now - don't read Sami's comments,  just click on the 'thumb' down each time.

A Hussain, Senior Management

Proved right about the typing/spelling...

Sami Khaderia, Non healthcare professional

Lol....£120k per annum......I am content..... spell check that comment... :)

A Hussain, Senior Management

You are incontinent?  You had better remember the earnings fib as I will be watching the next time when it's £100k, £140k etc.

Sami Khaderia, Non healthcare professional

sticking  a label on a being done by ACTs......whats there left for us Pharmacists to do?  Are we really needed ? Should ACTs take over pharmacies?  please discuss darlings.......

Sami Khaderia, Non healthcare professional are so nieve........if you think contractors give a damn about locums....

A Hussain, Senior Management

Sami can I have your phone number? I'd very much like you to do a few locum shifts...for my nearest competitor! 

Sami Khaderia, Non healthcare professional


P M, Community pharmacist

green eyed monster sami is a contractor but he wants to do more for less just like his fellow london locum .. they complain about high goodwill prices whilst washing their mums car for a few extra quid..

Sami Khaderia, Non healthcare professional

theera maa ca @@@@

N O, Pharmaceutical Adviser

Moderators ..... This is an absolute disgraceful comment. Scolding someone's mother is disgusting ...........

London Locum, Locum pharmacist

Some contractors are very spiteful it would seem. Some might even call it trolling. Moderators.....

P M, Community pharmacist

read my post again i think you misread it... 


London Locum, Locum pharmacist

Dear dear, resorting to childish insults. I wonder if the moderator is reading this.

Sami Khaderia, Non healthcare professional

balkeet..its nothing to do with not caring........there are locums who wnat to be contractors without the establishment payment.... you think contrcators invented fire the way some of them act...!!!!!!!!!

Nailesh Patel, Community pharmacist

Yestterday You accused me of abusing you online
Can you please let me know when and what I said. I can't recall

Yuna Mason, Sales

It would be good if it did get that many, but it would also be great if the NPA and all pharmacy contractors could support the official petition as well - where the number of signatures is visible and it gives an officially recognised route to triggering a debate in parliament that no tory MP is going to be able to bury.

Bal Singh, Locum pharmacist

Shameful thing was I had a locum pharmacist come in today as a patient.

I asked her about the cuts, she said., "Yeh, it's sad, but what can we do? Signature or petition? That won't accomplish anything...." I asked if she had signed the petition herself...... She said no, laughed and said she'd been ill recently...... Such apathy..... I remarked when your locum rate feels exploitative, this is the reason why....... If you don't care about your profession, why should the government..... Here's the reality..... Alot of locums are equally apathetic, or are keyboard warrirors/wind up merchants like Mr. Sami and Mr. serves over a million people a week, apathy is our weakness.

John Randell, Non Pharmacist Branch Manager

I can tell you now this petition even if it has one million signitures will achive NOTHING..... DONT YOU THINK THE  JUNIOR DOCTERS GOT MORE SIGNITURES THAN THIS....they have had to strike to make a might think this is a democracy but on certain affairs the nanny state will intervine like it or not....

Harry Tolly, Pharmacist

OUR common professional enemy is the distibution of the Global Sum. Independents and employees and locums should stop this nonsensical bantering and force the Government to distribute the Global Sum fairly. That way we all win (except the off shore chains that pay little or ZERO corporation tax). PLEASE STOP THIS ridiculous hijacking of every thread between a few of you posting nasty stuff about each other. It serves no purpose except giving succour to our professional enemies.

Bal Singh, Locum pharmacist

Max falconer, an independent contractor who is really good to his locums (I speak from experience) asked the psnc about the unfair distribution of global sum and how multiples are paid more for dispensing than independents......... The psnc could not save face when asked that question....... Sue sharp and her team exposed how dire they are when they were asked this....... I'd hasten to add the multiples and their rates are a major reason why the locum rates have crashed so badly.......remember these are non tax paying corporations......... Who get paid twice over by having vertically integrated wholesalers....... This is an avenue of investigation for money saving the PSNC simply aren't brave enough to mention to the government........... Someone get Sue sharp on the C&D, and ask why these inequalities continue, and why they won't investigation and recommend to the government to save money and ensure a better deal for ALL of pharmacy?

Sami Khaderia, Non healthcare professional

Balkeet....ask yourself this.........where was the concern from contractors when locum had no rise in pay for over a decade?    You are deluding yourself if you think contractors will give u a rise in pay if the cuts dont happen.........Its not the locums at fault...its the years of apathy from contractors who hv relied on dispensing to pay their bills.........

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