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Pharmacy bodies: How you can join fight against funding cuts

It's not too late to join the campaign against the cuts, pharmacy bodies say

The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee, the National Pharmacy Association, and Pharmacy Voice write exclusively for C+D on how pharmacists can help battle government funding cuts

The past few months have been some of the most important in community pharmacy for a very long time.

Following the announcement of a funding reduction and other proposals on December 17, the sector has come together in the most co-ordinated pharmacy communications campaign that most of us can remember.

But the work has only just begun and we must sustain this noise in the coming weeks and months.

To do this, we need help from as many people working in and using community pharmacy as possible.

Many of you will have sent letters to your MPs and talked to patients about the petition, but if you haven’t yet, the next two weeks are a perfect time.

Over the next ten days, you’re likely to receive emails from your local pharmaceutical committee (LPC) and the national pharmacy organisations about how you can help, and independent pharmacies will be receiving campaign packs in their wholesaler deliveries.

There are lots of ways to get involved: ask patients to sign the petition; tweet #lovemypharmacy with examples of the work you do; collect case studies where you make an impact on patient wellbeing; or help with local radio interviews.

The threats facing community pharmacy are great, but the campaign to protect the sector’s future is gathering pace. Whatever you can manage, we need your help. 

This comment was written jointly by the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee, the National Pharmacy Association and Pharmacy Voice.

 

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4 Comments

Z ZZzzzz, Information Technology

Perhaps Sue should take a leaf out of IDS's book, do the honourable thing and resign in protest.  That one action with enough publicity could get the public on pharmacy's side especially if she told the public and pharmacy contractors what went on all these years with in camera "negotiations" - really like-it-or-lump-it declarations.  The latest being the last straw.

Yuna Mason, Sales

They seem to have forgotten the official petition https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/116943. It's important that both this and the NPA's petition succeed so that any government spin is quashed. The sector will be vulnerable to that if just one of the petitions is successful. Pharmacy Voice, the PSNC and the NPA can promote stuff easily through the bricks and mortar pharmacies they represent. If all of those 3 bodies failed to also support the official petition, it would be very short-sighted (think about the spin an MP could put on it).

Pharmacy HLP, Manager

Please can all pharmacist and your teams make some noise and contact local MPs, concillors and other people with influence and say that cuts as they stand will be detrimental to the health and well being of local people all around the country.

Your patient love you they certainly value the access and personal relationships they have with their local pharmacy. We have seen this and we know that is true. Every day someone comes in after personal recomandation from a friend and asks for some advice on something that bothers them.

These same people their family and friend will be the biggest supporters of pharmacies pivital role as the access point to the NHS . They are just waiting to be asked to support pharmacy and they will do so .

If a million people sign a petition this has to make people in power stop and think that a valuable community resource has to be better integrated into future NHS care pathways not randomly destroyed without any understanding of the impact on patients and communities throughout England.

The irony is if we were given the chance and resources then pharmacy can save much more money than the government is looking to save in a much more effective way that would actually help patient care and improve the publics health.

This is what patients want and what the NHS is missing.

Harry Tolly, Pharmacist

BUT .. will you give a VOTE to the whole profession and share the models which Sue Sharpe has spoken about so that the WHOLE profession can decide its future as a profession ???????? We want transparency rather than shady deals behind closed doors.

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http://www.chemistanddruggist.co.uk/feature/qa-psnc-chief-executive-sue-sharpe

"We wanted to establish a funding model that wouldn't have a massive impact on contractors around the country and every single model we looked at fell down on that point," she revealed.

 

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