HDA Media And Political Bulletin – 28 July 2016

Labour MP tells new Pharmacy Minister to drop ‘damaging’ cuts

27 July, Pharmacy Business, Neil Trainis.


The Labour MP Michael Dugher is urging David Mowat, the new Minister for Health with responsibility for pharmacy, to scrap plans to cut the pharmacy budget for 2016-2017 by £170 million. The pharmacy sector is still hopeful that the plans will be reversed following the UK Government Cabinet reshuffle.

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Labour MP tells new Pharmacy Minister to drop ‘damaging’ cuts

27 July, Pharmacy Business, Neil Trainis.


The Labour MP Michael Dugher has urged David Mowat, the new minister with responsibility for pharmacy, to shelve plans to cut pharmacy’s budget for 2016-17 by £170 million.

Mowat succeeds social care minister Alistair Burt at a time when community pharmacy is at a crossroads. The profession retains hope that the Department of Health reshuffle coupled with pressure from the pharmacy industry may force ministers into u-turn on the funding cuts while pharmacy eagerly awaits the government’s next move regarding hub and spoke dispensing.

Dugher (pictured) has campaigned vigorously against the funding cuts, joining forces with the All-Party Pharmacy Group and the National Pharmacy Association to deliver an anti-pharmacy cuts petition to Downing Street, and he was quick to impress upon Mowat the ramifications of the cuts.

“Now that the dust has settled after the government’s reshuffle, the new minister for community pharmacy must urgently think again and save local chemists by dropping this damaging plan,” Dugher said.

“By cutting community pharmacies, the government is shutting down the first port of call for many patients with minor ailments seeking free advice and over the counter medicine.

“This can only result in more admissions to already overwhelmed A&E departments and more visits to overstretched GP surgeries, piling more pressure on our NHS and costing more in the long run.”

HDA Media And Political Bulletin – 28 July 2016

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