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HDA Media And Political Bulletin – 5 January 2016

Independents rally to call for coordinated response to cuts

P3 Pharmacy, Sam Healey, 4 January 2016

P3 Pharmacy reports on the National Pharmacy Association’s initiative, which already gathered hundreds of independent pharmacists to respond to the NHS’s plan for efficiencies. Ian Strachan, NPA Chairman, stated that these efficiencies could potentially result in the closure of many local pharmacies. A petition supporting this action has reached nearly 8,000 signatures, close to the 10,000 necessary to receive a response from the government.

 

6,000 signatures on petition to stop pharmacy funding cuts

C&D, Samuel Horti, 4 January 2016

An online petition calling for the Government to scrap the announced funding cuts has been launched by Paul Mason, chair of the Barnsley local pharmaceutical committee (LPC), at the end of December and has already reached more than 6,000 signatures.

 

The NPA’s initiative and the online petition are also covered by Pharmacy Business.

 

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Independents rally to call for coordinated response to cuts

P3 Pharmacy, Sam Healey, 4 January 2016

Hundreds of independent pharmacists have signed up to take part in a coordinated response from the independent sector to NHS England proposals for ‘efficiencies’, says the National Pharmacy Association.

Pharmacists who sign up will be given resources and hands-on support to build the evidence base required to make a compelling case to Government and NHS.

“The Government is conducting a dangerous experiment which could see local pharmacies close, thereby reducing people’s access to pharmaceutical and healthcare advice, and putting extra pressure on GPs and hospitals. The current drift of policy puts at risk a part of the health system that holds the key to solving many of its problems. Patients would be the biggest losers,” said NPA chairman, Ian Strachan.

“Our voice is most powerful when NPA members are actively involved, so we are asking independents to step forward at what could be an important moment in pharmacy history. It is vital that we all play our part in the coming months.”

A petition to stop the cuts has also been launched with nearly 8,000 signatures. The petition titled ‘Stop cuts to pharmacy funding and support pharmacy services that save NHS money’, is currently 3,112 signatures away from reaching 10,000 at which point the government will have to respond. If it reaches 100,000 signatures it will be considered for parliamentary debate.

 

Hundreds of independents join campaign against NHS plans

Pharmacy Business, Neil Trainis, 4 January 2016

The National Pharmacy Association has claimed that hundreds of independent pharmacists have backed its campaign opposing NHS England’s controversial plans to introduce centralised dispensing hubs and support for the online supply of medicines.

Pulling no punches, Ian Strachan, the chairman of the NPA (pictured), accused the government of “conducting a dangerous experiment” with its attempt to generate efficiency savings. He said that, coupled with the £170 million cut to pharmacy’s funding for 2016-17, “could have serious unintended and irreversible consequences” for pharmacies and patients.

“The government is conducting a dangerous experiment which could see local pharmacies close, thereby reducing people’s access to pharmaceutical and healthcare advice, and putting extra pressure on GPs and hospitals,” Strachan said.

“The current drift of policy puts at risk a part of the health system that holds the key to solving many of its problems. Patients would be the biggest losers.

“The Government’s approach is to combine funding cuts with jumbled proposals for productivity gain, including support for ‘large scale automated dispensing’ and increased online supply of medicines.

“The proposals imply that pharmacy is just a distribution mechanism for product, rather than a valuable health and social care asset at the heart of communities.”

In a rallying call to independents, he added: “Our voice is most powerful when NPA members are actively involved, so we are asking independents to step forward at what could be an important moment in pharmacy history. It is vital that we all play our part in the coming months.”

The NPA said independents “will be given resources and hands-on support to build the evidence base required to make a compelling case to Government and NHS (and) mobilise public opinion and political support for local pharmacies.” The NPA urged those interested in getting involved to visit npa.co.uk/independents voice.

HDA Media And Political Bulletin – 5 January 2016

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