The decision to announce the cuts to pharmacy with "no impact assessment" and "no route for public comment" means that the involvement of pharmacy bodies is "severely undermined", Pharmacy Voice declared in its response to the government proposals.

In the response Pharmacy Voice sets out proposals for a more constructive and forward looking approach with the aim of reaching the full potential of community pharmacy.

Echoing the fears of the RPS, Pharmacy Voice stated that the cuts could “increase patient safety risks” and that “community pharmacy is a vital amenity for patients and the public. Pharmacy teams help people to stay healthy and well, and provide crucial clinical services when they are needed.”

The group also announced it is working closely with other sector bodies, in particular PSNC as the recognised body representing community pharmacies in the negotiation process and RPS, to provide a clear and coherent response from the sector that draws on the full scope of our insight and expertise.

To read the full response visit the Pharmacy Voice website.

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