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Welsh community pharmacies see funding rise to £144.3m

Welsh health secretary: Funding shows government is committed to community pharmacy
Welsh health secretary: Funding shows government is committed to community pharmacy

Welsh pharmacists have seen their funding rise to £144.3 million for 2017-18.

Announcing the funding – an increase on the £140.4m for 2016-17 – Welsh health secretary Vaughan Gething said on Monday (April 10) that it shows the government is “committed" to community pharmacy.

“Last year, I reaffirmed the Welsh government’s commitment to the community pharmacy sector as a fundamental part of a strong primary care service in Wales.

“At a time when thousands of community pharmacies in England face closure as a result of funding cuts of over 7%, I said there were no proposals to reduce investment in community pharmacy here in Wales,” he added.

“Today’s announcement shows we’ve been true to our promise.”

In addition to the funding, the Welsh government used the announcement to pledge to fund a national IT rollout of Choose Pharmacy – the country’s minor ailments scheme – until 2020.

Community Pharmacy Wales board member Phil Parry said the organisation is “delighted the Welsh government is continuing to work collaboratively with us as a profession to maximise the opportunities to modernise and utilise the pharmacy network – at the same time as funding is being cut in England.”

“The commitment to make the Choose Pharmacy platform available to every community pharmacy is a particularly welcome step and is an affirmation of our central role as part of the healthcare family in Wales.”

What do you make of the Welsh government's announcement?

Lucas Perez, Student

Really naveen... it's funded by English tax payers. Remember Welsh don't pay for their Rxs. 

Em, Locum pharmacist

lol, you say that as if the Welsh don't pay any taxes! Idiot.

Lucas Perez, Student


Public spending in Wales is 110 per cent of the UK average, according to figures released by the Treasury today. A Treasury "infographic" (their word, not mine) sets it out rather clearly.

The English tax payer subsidies wales ...check your facts .LOOSER


Dave Downham, Manager

Check your spelling, loser.

Naveen Khosla, Pharmaceutical Adviser

Congrats Paul Mayberry et al I wish you were in England!!!!

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