Government plans to cut £170 million from pharmacies in 2016/17 have been met with vehement opposition from local pharmacists and campaigner Tom Brake MP. If government plans go ahead, an estimated £660,000 would be slashed from Sutton pharmacy budgets, putting up to 11 pharmacies at risk of closure.
Tom showed his support for local pharmacists at the St Helier Festival last Saturday, with a stall explaining their vital role. Alongside Tom was a fantastic array of attractions and games, including a circus, a disco club, singers and food stalls, meaning it was a great day out for the whole family.
‘When I met local pharmacists, they told me that the reasons for the Government changes have not been explained and the public will receive a worse service. Pharmacies are able to take pressure off GPs and A&E Departments, meaning people in need of urgent care are seen more quickly. Proposals to cut pharmacies would put local people in danger and that is why I am fighting to keep them open. Cuts on this scale would be a bitter pill for our pharmacies to swallow and could lead to a large number of closures.’
If you want to support your local pharmacies make sure you sign Tom’s petition here at http://www.tombrake.co.uk/pharmacies and keep up to date with all your MP is doing for the community by following him on Facebook and Twitter.