I have recently received a number of campaign cards and e-mails about pharmacy funding.
Given my time as Minister for Public Health, I understand the importance of local pharmacies, and think it is right that they are given a bigger role in NHS primary care. The ‘Five Year Forward View’ plan promises to update the NHS and provide a stronger health service which can relieve some of the pressure on GPs and A&Es, ensure better use of medicines, give better patient outcomes, and contribute to delivering seven-day services.
These changes will ensure the NHS is better able to reflect the expectations of patients and adapt to new developments in technology, including the use of online, click-and-collect or home delivery models to help patients get their prescriptions in a way that fits into their lifestyle. The Pharmacy Access Scheme, which the Government is currently consulting on, will also provide funding to help pharmacies tailor their services based on local needs and limitations.
I want to see community pharmacies continue to thrive. They are community assets and vital to providing the strong NHS.