Hitesh Patel, chief executive officer of City and Hackney LPC, was commissioned by the local clinical commissioning group to look into the impact of the pharmacy cuts.
Mr Patel discovered that within his region of London, 16 pharmacies dispense less than 3,000 items per month, a figure he judges as “the threshold for the pharmacies to exist”, following the 12% funding drop.
Only two of the 16 pharmacies are independents. The rest are “Boots pharmacies in the City of London”, which do not depend on prescriptions as they have “huge” over-the-counter trade, Mr Patel claimed.
C+D's digital reporter Thomas Cox interviewed Mr Patel at Spring Pharmacy in Hackney last Friday (January 13).
Watch the video to find out how "these cuts have jeopardised [the pharmacies'] future" and how Mr Patel's LPC is supporting local contractors.