The Parliamentary Select Committee on Health and Social Care launched a new inquiry looking at the future of community pharmacy. Steve Brine MP, Chair of the Committee, said “Pharmacy has a central role to play in the future of the NHS. With a greater focus on personalised and patient-centred healthcare, we will be asking what more must be done to make sure that the profession is in the best shape to meet demand.”
Chief Executive Janet Morrison said:
“It is encouraging to see that both MPs and Peers are continuing to take an active interest in community pharmacy and we very much welcome both their input, and the inquiry by the Health Committee. We are confident that the inquiry will pick up the immense challenges that all community pharmacies are facing and we will be making a strong response to it on behalf of all our members. These inquiries can be extremely influential in making recommendations to Government.
Community Pharmacy England is already becoming a familiar name around Parliament as we continue with our programme of work to build understanding and support for community pharmacy across both Houses, following on from our most recent roundtable for Peers. It is vital that all political parties understand the ongoing pressures that all pharmacy owners are battling, and that we as a sector keep showing them what we could do, if we are properly funded and supported.
MPs and Peers are some of our most important advocates when it comes to influencing Government and NHS policy and this remains a critical part of our work alongside the ongoing negotiations on the Primary Care Access Plan. Our Negotiating Team is working at pace through the complex negotiations, with clear objectives to ensure that pharmacies can benefit as much as possible from the £645m of new money pledged to the sector. We hope to be able to report back over the summer.”
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