Would retail pharmacy be stronger in the EU?
How would a vote to leave the European Union be likely to affect community pharmacy? With the referendum vote later this week, pharmacyâ€™s Claire Ward and Sigma Pharmaceuticalâ€™s Bhavin Shah look at the implications from a â€œremainâ€ perspective.
As pharmacy grapples with the prospect of a six per cent budget cut, few are likely to have been thinking too hard about the referendum on EU membership. However, a cut of Â£170 million to the pharmacy budget may be just the start of closures, job losses and reduced pay in community pharmacy.
A vote to leave the European Union could deliver an even greater blow to independent pharmacy â€“ and the wider healthcare sector â€“ that few contractors are even discussing, let alone planning for.
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