Community pharmacies and their teams have been faced with unprecedented challenges in dealing with the outbreak of COVID-19.
Pharmacy has proven itself to be an invaluable resource on the front line of healthcare, providing lifesaving prescription services, support, advice and reassurance to patients and their families when they need it most.
As the Government called for the nation to ‘stay home and save lives’, they asked pharmacy teams to show up for work. This demonstrates the value inherent in the critical role pharmacy teams play within their local communities.
The Government however, through austerity measures over the last four years has removed over £200 million of funding, their intention to force 3,000 local community pharmacies in England to close.
The reality could be much worse.
All pharmacies in England are under significant financial pressure and are indeed on the brink of bankruptcy. Just recently, over half reported they were operating at a loss, these pharmacies could risk facing closure at a time our nation needs them most.
What would that mean for our friends and families, for our communities who rely on them day in, day out? The consequences of pharmacy closures would be unimaginable and we want to ensure this doesn’t happen, but we can’t do it alone, we need your help.
We would encourage you to share this petition with your customers.
Sign our petition to urge the Government to rethink the current funding model and invest appropriately to save our pharmacies.
Sign the petition #saveourpharmacies #signthepetition
We would also like to urge you to contact your local MP; ensure they understand the role we are playing and why we are important local healthcare hubs; and make the case for short and long-term investment in community pharmacy after years of funding austerity.
We've taken the liberty of composing a suggested letter, but please do personalise it and provide examples of what funding austerity means in practice for you. If you do not know who your local MP is you can find out here: