Tom Brake, MP for Carshalton and Wallington is inviting members of the public to attend a ‘Save Our Pharmacies’ rally.
The rally has been organised after the Department of Health announced its cuts to community pharmacy. They are as damaging as suspected, with the poorest communities most likely to suffer as a result. The DoH impact assessment was flawed; with Ministers confirming they had no idea how many pharmacies could close. But pharmacists estimate that up to 1 in 4 could be at risk.
Reena Barai, an Independent Community Pharmacist in Sutton said:
“Community pharmacies are a local lifeline in the NHS - yet the DoH has made it clear that they do not see this value, and in Carshalton and Wallington several may yet have to close as a result of these cuts.
This will increase pressure on already-overburdened NHS services locally - and with GP surgeries, doctors and nurses and A&E departments all overstretched, we surely should not be closing our pharmacies but rather using them more than ever. The Department of Health plans to start making these cuts from December 1st - right in the middle of winter when resources in the NHS are already stretched.”
Tom Brake said:
“This meeting will be a great opportunity for residents to talk about why they value their community pharmacies and concerns over these cuts, as well as hearing from speakers involved in campaigns to save local pharmacies. We will be also be discussing how we intend fighting these cuts and how the plans might impact upon Carshalton and Wallington specifically.
The meeting is being held on Friday 11 November from 7pm to 8.30pm in Wentworth Hall, 80 Ruskin Road, Carshalton, SM5 3DH and is open to everyone.