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    The Government’s decision to push ahead with the huge funding cut for community pharmacies shows no understanding of the contribution that community pharmacies make to patients, communities and to the NHS as a whole. I was the proud owner of a community pharmacy in Burnley form 1986-2010 and I know just how vital these community assets are. That’s why Labour is announcing today that we are calling a vote in Parliament next week on the cuts to community pharmacies and urging Tory MPs to vote with us to save their local pharmacies. How often have we heard in recent times […]
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    Funding cuts could force hundreds of local pharmacies to close, cutting off a vital lifeline for elderly and vulnerable people and leaving some facing long journeys to collect essential medicines, councils warn today. The Local Government Association (LGA), which represents more than 370 councils – who have responsibility for public health – is warning a £170 million reduction in NHS funding for community pharmacies could put many out of business. In its response to the Department of Health’s consultation over proposals to instead use clinical pharmacists in primary care settings such as GP practices, the LGA insists local pharmacies must […]
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