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Theresa May: Funding cuts will make pharmacy more efficient

Prime Minister Theresa May: Pharmacists make contributions to thousands of patients

The cuts to community pharmacy funding are designed to make the sector “efficient”, the Prime Minister has said.

In a letter expressing her support for the Sigma conference in Rio de Janeiro this week, Theresa May said she wants “to see a thriving community pharmacy service", and added that the government "is committed to achieving this”.

“Our package of [funding] reforms in England are designed to ensure we have a modern and efficient community pharmacy sector – properly integrated into primary care and public health [and] offering better patient choice and easier access,” Ms May said.

She also used her letter to praise the conference, organised by wholesalers Sigma, as an “annual opportunity for the UK retail and general pharmaceutical sector to come together”.

"I know that the event will not only showcase the contribution that you make to the UK economy and to the lives of many thousands of patients and customers, but also celebrate your achievements," she added.

The letter was read out by the event’s host, Pharmacy Voice chair Claire Ward, during the conference's opening session on Monday (February 13).

The full document can be viewed here.

Catch up with all the latest coverage from the Sigma conference in Rio with C+D's Storify here

What do you make of Ms May's letter?

JOHN MUNDAY, Locum pharmacist

Sadly I think she will go down in history as the most forgettable non-elected PM is British history. She side steps every direct question either because she has some appalling decision to cover up/hide or is clueless about the issues. In this, I believe the latter option. Even DC had an opinion which was usually based on proper advice even if no-one agreed with him. Her argument is proposterous. It is an old right wing ethic where you starve the workers i.e. the NHS so that the fat cats can wallow in more cream. She has only ever worked in the Bank of England or the House of Commons so has little perspective on a commoner - let alone what commoners do everyday working day of their lives. We will get nothing from her or her banking friends. 

Ava Denuff, Locum pharmacist

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh........Is it me ? or do these people not see the irony of everything that comes out of their mouths...and Rio? Really.

John Randell, Non Pharmacist Branch Manager


Priyesh Desai, Superintendent Pharmacist

in fact the whole civil service including ccg's need a cut to make them efficient.

John Smith, Locum pharmacist

Conference in Rio, year on year double digit increase in the average price of a pharmacy, I'm sick of listening to contractors false whining. 


Valentine Trodd, Community pharmacist


James Hesp, Pharmacy owner/ Proprietor

I just had to check it wasn't April 1st

Shaun Steren, Pharmaceutical Adviser

What does this 'efficiency' drive mean? 

Low item pharmacy closes > closed pharmacy items passed to nearby pharmacies > pharmacists and their staff absorb this new workload > massive oversupply of pharmacists further decimate wages > increase in items per pharmacy + reduced cost to deliver each item allows chains to maintain profit margin post 'cuts' > Big Government / Big Business nexus works in harmony > moron pharmacists who claimed pseudo-clinical services such as MURs would lead to a bright future have their idiocy empirically proven > RPS remains utterly pointless > GPhC continues its hunt for new prey > pharmacists continue to keep their heads deep in the sand

Tohidul Islam, Locum pharmacist

Maybe we should make maasive cuts to MPs wages too that way they will finally pull thier finger out and do some proper work


Valentine Trodd, Community pharmacist

Dream on.

Yasif Salim, Community pharmacist

In that case make the cuts to members of parliment including the prime minster salary to make the government run more efficiently allowing them to get into touch with reality rather than free to use credit card.

Simon MEDLEY, Community pharmacist

we can request precriptions in emergencies and have them delivered by the afternoon, even attempting a second delivery if patinet was having a snooze at the time ( hevaen forbid they were out )- lets see p2u compete with that- unless you only meaure '' efiiciency '' in monetary terms.Which obviously the conservatives do...  ( they know the cost of everything and the value of nothing )


Yuna Mason, Sales

Funding cuts will make pharmacies more closed, not more efficient. Except the ones that can afford to spend £2k per person on a trip to Brazil - which really doesn't help the cause.

Kam Lung Ng, Superintendent Pharmacist

Mrs May praised the conference as an “annual opportunity for the UK retail and general pharmaceutical sector to come together”. I may be envious to those who could go to Rio (annually!) I rather wish the PM could praise the pharmacy profession as a whole.

S Morein, Pharmacy Area manager/ Operations Manager

Funding cuts to contractors who are so hard up that they have a conference in Rio!!! 

SydBashford Sold&Retired&DeRegistered, Community pharmacist

Excellent rationale Mrs May. So on the same priciple, the fact you are investing £Billions more in the NHS...... you have got that seriously wrong then !! Make masive cuts to the NHS budget, and you will also end up with an efficient and thriving NHS with greater patient access and choice ?

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