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Pharmacy bodies petition Prime Minister to stop funding cuts

NPA: Petition will appeal to the "heart of government" (credit: Latvia State Chancellery,

The NPA, Pharmacy Voice, and PSNC have launched a petition calling on David Cameron to reverse the planned funding drop

Pharmacy bodies are appealing directly to the Prime Minister to "abandon" the government's planned cut to pharmacy funding.

The National Pharmacy Association (NPA), Pharmacy Voice and the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee launched a paper petition yesterday (February 18), urging David Cameron to reverse the planned 6% cut to pharmacy funding in England.

The cuts will close pharmacies, depriving patients of medicines advice and putting more pressure on GPs and hospitals, the organisations claimed.

They urged pharmacists to print the petition, gather signatures, and sent a copy back to the NPA via fax or post. The NPA will then take these responses "to the heart of government", they said.

The petition will "complement" the existing online petition on the cuts, signed by more than 42,000 people, the organisations said. The bodies launched the petition on paper, rather than online, because "for many people, including elderly patients, this is the preferred way to express their support".

The bodies have also printed 100,000 campaign postcards, which patients should send to their local MP to raise awareness of the cuts, they said.

NPA chairman Ian Strachan said the petition will "intensify efforts" to fight the  government's "jumbled and misguided proposals”.

Pharmacy Voice chief executive Rob Darracott said the petition provides the “perfect opportunity” to “push back” against “harmful and dangerous cuts”.

Download the petition HERE.


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Sami Khaderia, Non healthcare professional

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Hemant Patel, Community pharmacist

I want more money for pharmacists but I am not sure that talking about 'accessible medicines advice and other valuable support' is a way forward. But, I'm not going to argue.

What would be helpful in my view is that we should as pharmacist plan the future ahead. Can we imagine a 'pharmacy without a dispensary' and can we argue for added value of such places. This is not to give up dispensing but to stimulate a thought of a primary and community care service that is sustainable in the future when dispensing might play a smaller role. What does and can community pharmacy offer that is different from a surgery and still provide a much needed clinical service.

Shaun Steren, Pharmaceutical Adviser

And will these services have an indisputable, rock solid evidence base for their cost-effectivness? And will these services be designed in a way that provides a guarantee to individual pharmacists that they will have autonomy in deciding when they are clinically appropriate? And will these services have severe penalties attached so that any management personnel, who in anyway try to bully or threaten individual pharmacists into carrying services in the name profit, will face the severest of consequences? And will all these guarantees be ensured through a strong association with the NHS counter fraud service (NHS CFS), allowing individual pharmacists to whistle blow with absolute confidence? In all seriousness, Mr Patel, can YOU imagine pharmacy operating in this way? 

London Locum, Locum pharmacist

Hilarious. What about the strike ?!

Sami Khaderia, Non healthcare professional

Strike?..more hot air from the contractors..i told you they wudnt strike ..... they want immunity from cuts..  for sticking a label o  abox..the governmen in return have said   ...stick it!!!



John Randell, Non Pharmacist Branch Manager

our negotiating body is now writting petitions..what clout does the PSNC have i wounder...This news is actually very worrying......the goverment wont even sit at the table with the psnc which has to resort to student measures of writting petitions,......


Sami Khaderia, Non healthcare professional

lets hope the cuts are reversed and some  money is given to locums who hvnt seen a payrise in over a decade......WISHFUL THINKING

Farm Assistant, Community pharmacist

Let's not hope it's the same prime minister who is about to sell us down the river.

Harry Tolly, Pharmacist

"The NPA, Pharmacy Voice, and PSNC ...."

It would have more credibility if the PDA, the real voice of patient facing grass root pharmacists was involved.

Guess that contractor organisations do not want ANY discussion about how funding could be better used to staff pharmacies adequately.

Dave Downham, Manager

Are PDA the real voice insomuch as they are very quiet and seldolm heard? Not to denigrate the rank and file pharmacists, but the PDA make the PSNC look like Vladimir Putin.

Barry Pharmacist, Community pharmacist

Excellent. With millions of patients served each week it won't take long for Boots, Lloyds, Well, Rowlands, Supermarket pharmacies, medium to small chains and 3,000 small independents to get the numbers up. Posters in every pharmacy's windows? Notices on pharmacy websites? Signatures gathered from collection and deliveries. What do we recon? A million signatures by June? Please keep us updated.

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