One in four community pharmacies could shut with smaller, independent pharmacies hardest hit because of £170 million Tory cuts to the community pharmacies budget.
Independent pharmacies will be hit the hardest. At a time when increasing strain is being put on GP surgeries, A&E services and the NHS111 helpline, community pharmacies form a vital first port of call for many people when it comes to seeking basic help and treatment. These pharmacies should be supported in the important work they do – offering advice, treating minor ailments and promoting healthy living – not restricted so that pressure on front line and primary care services is increased.
I’ll be campaigning across Norwich on this issue – collecting petition signatures to show that the residents of Norwich strongly oppose these cuts and any potential pharmacy closures they might lead to.
Sign the petition to stop the cuts and save our community pharmacies here: http://www.clivelewis.org/pharmacies
You can keep up to date with my campaign on the ‘Save our Community Pharmacies’ Facebook page.