Save Our Pharmacies campaign
Leading national pharmacy bodies, PSNC, AIM, CCA and NPA, are working together to lobby for fair NHS funding for pharmacies in England with a coordinated effort to mobilise public support with a campaign to give new focus to calls for fair pharmacy funding in England. The Save Our Pharmacies campaign website and petition are gathering momentum with members of the public and pharmacy teams urged to show their support for the campaign through contacting their MPs, signing the petition and spreading the word on social media with #SaveOurPharmacies
In a joint statement, the national pharmacy organisations said:
“A campaign of this kind benefits from having a central reference point like a website and a clear call to action like a petition. The website gives our supporters consistent messages, whilst the petition gives a persistent drum beat for the campaign.
The pharmacy bodies are determined to keep working together to secure fair funding in England. We’re also keeping up calls for a fully funded, nationwide ‘Pharmacy First’ service.”
Janet Morrison, PSNC Chief Executive, said:
“Community pharmacies urgently need help, and through this campaign, we are spelling out that enough is enough. We are calling for fairer funding and a fully-funded ‘Pharmacy First’ service in England. The new campaign website will help us garner the support of the public, patients and the local communities, as well as influence Parliamentarians.
During the pandemic pharmacy teams stepped up to support their local communities and we should now be building on that vital contribution. Community pharmacy can be a key part of the solution for big NHS challenges such as GP access but without proper investment in this sector, pharmacies will be forced to reduce their opening hours, cut back on services or even worse, close permanently. Patients will be forced to find care, medicines and advice elsewhere at a time when the NHS is in crisis. We can’t let this happen.”