MP Jackie Doyle Price shows support for community pharmacy for Covid-19 efforts

A GROUP of prominent politicians, including MPs and peers, renewed their call for fairer funding for community pharmacies in England at a virtual meeting hosted by the All-Party Pharmacy Group on Wednesday April 28 reports Pharmacybiz

Group chair Jackie Doyle-Price MP was joined by parliamentarians from across the political spectrum to hear from frontline pharmacists about how they supported patients during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The entrepreneurs showed how their teams have played a key role as part of the NHS family during the pandemic, including maintaining access to essential medicines, offering mental health support, providing face-to-face advice and administering flu and Covid-19 vaccines.

The meeting also highlighted how greater use of pharmacists’ clinical skills can help manage growing demand across health services, with MPs and peers backing calls for fair funding for community pharmacy as part of of the takeover of the NHS.

President of England’s Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS), Claire Anderson, said: ‘We heard again today how pharmacists and pharmacy teams have gone above and beyond to support patients during Covid -19.

“The message was loud and clear that we urgently need to see fair funding for community pharmacy as part of the NHS recovery.

“Making the most of the clinical skills of pharmacists in all care settings, along with increased support for independent prescribers, will be essential to meet the growing demand for health services.

“The RPS supports the work of the multi-party pharmacy group alongside the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies, the Association of Corporate Chemists, the National Association of Pharmacy and the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee.”

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