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NPA chair: Turn your attention to cuts e-petition

Ian Strachan: E-petition is different from NPA's paper petition

NPA chair Ian Strachan says a parliamentary e-petition against the cuts has the potential to "trigger further debate" about the proposals


Supporters of the fight to overturn planned funding cuts in England should lend their support to an e-petition against the proposals, the National Pharmacy Association (NPA) has said.

NPA chairman Ian Strachan urged those who had not yet signed a parliamentary e-petition protesting against the government's plans to slash pharmacy funding by £170 million from October to do so, in a comment piece for C+D published today (June 8).

The e-petition – which had received over 63,700 signatures at time of going to press – will trigger a debate in parliament if it reaches 100,000.

The online petition is separate to a paper petition that had gained more than 1.8 million signatures by the time it was presented to Downing Street last month (May 24).

“Public sympathy” for the sector's funding is beginning to materialise in the form of public support from patient and citizen groups, Mr Strachan said. “This is a very helpful development, which officials and ministers would be foolish to ignore,” he added.

Pharmacy organisations will continue to “mobilise political action” against the cuts at both parliamentary and local levels, he said.

Read Mr Strachan’s full comment piece for C+D here.


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Graham Phillips, Superintendent Pharmacist

Colleagues: There are c50,000 pharmacists. So if every pharmacist and ONE friend signs the e-petition we are home free.  What's stopping us?

Ramin Hashemi, Student

can we learn from others such as dr i.e how they fough for their right?

Harry Tolly, Pharmacist

The best thing doctors can learn from our profession is NEVER let large corporations control your profession. From doctors, our "leaders" can learn the art of inclusiveness and humility.

Yuna Mason, Sales

Thank goodness! Any pharmacy leader who's talking to the press over the next three weeks ought to make sure that they mention this e-petition. It needs to be published in some newspapers, mentioned during interviews etc. Pharmacies should talk to patients about it. There are shortened website links for it too such as - which makes it easier to remember and publish

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