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How my patients have reacted to the pharmacy funding cuts

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C+D Award-winner Ade Williams explains how his patients in Bristol have responded to news that the sector's funding is being cut next month.

Mr Williams' Bedminster Pharmacy won Pharmacy Team of the Year at the 2016 C+D Awards. To enter next year's awards, click on the link below:

Read C+D's in-depth guide to how the funding cuts could affect you here.

 

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3 Comments

Danny TheRed, Community pharmacist

We must stop doing things for nothing, no one values a free service it also sends the wrong message to our paymasters the government, I've had patients arguing over the cost of an emergency supply, only a fiver, but I bet they wouldn't argue with the plumber over the cost of changing some tap washers...

Leon The Apothecary, Student

Personally, I feel patients are much more fickle. As long as patients are receiving their medications in a timely manner they aren't going to care. As soon as that changes, then we are more likely to see an outcry. But what self-respecting pharmacy is ever going to let that happen to the patients they diligently serve?

Valentine Trodd, Community pharmacist

Spot on. Patients don't give a monkeys -as long as it doesn't affect them. If you lower quality of service because of 'the cuts' they'll be straight off to the pharmacy down the road.

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