Pharmacy needs to do more, says Pharmacy Minister
â€œThere is more for modern pharmacy to doâ€ despite the six per cent cut to funding, according to pharmacy minister Alistair Burt.Â Addressing the House of Commons last month in a debate, Mr Burt said: â€œWe hope that the profession shares the Governmentâ€™s determination to move pharmacy into a new future, and I am convinced that the future will be good.â€ He added: â€œOur vision is to bring pharmacy into the heart of the NHS.â€
Funding cuts seem certain from his comment: â€œThe Government contend that money can perhaps be saved in one place and used elsewhere for the delivery of new services. That is the reality of life,â€ he said. â€œI simply put it to colleagues that, in relation to good community services on the high street, there is more for modern pharmacy to do.â€
The government is currently consulting on the introduction of a pharmacy access scheme, â€œwhich will provide more NHS funds to certain pharmacies compared with others,â€ he explained. Mr Burt commented that despite the changes the government was â€œcommitted to maintaining access to pharmacies and pharmacy servicesâ€.
Consultation between community pharmacy bodies and the DH closes on 24 March and final plans are expected in April.
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