MP Tom Brake Warns of Bitter Pill for Sutton’s Pharmacies

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.

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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.

Tom said:

‘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.

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