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NPAcampaignJanuary 4 2016

The National Pharmacy Association is urging independent community pharmacies to sign up to its campaign to challenge proposed cuts to pharmacy remuneration.

On December 17, the Department of Health announced it will cut £170 million (a 6% decrease) from the 2016-17community pharmacy budget. Among the proposed cost saving measures are that there should be large scale automated dispensing and increased online supply of medicines.

In response, the NPA has now issued a rallying call to its members to demonstrate the strength of feeling against the Government’s proposals. The NPA has described the Government’s approach as being “to combine funding cuts with a set of jumbled proposals for productivity gains.”

It continued: “We believe the proposals rest upon an unproven evidence base and ignore the truly transformational opportunities in community pharmacy. Most worrying of all, they imply that pharmacy is just a distribution mechanism for product – rather than a valuable health and social care asset at the heart of communities.”

The NPA says it is “passionate about keeping the ‘community’ in community pharmacy and securing a sustainable future for independent pharmacies across the UK.” Arguing that its voice “is most powerful when NPA members are actively involved”, it is asking its members “to ‘step forward’ at what could be an important moment in pharmacy history. Indeed, we want to rally all independents to the cause and we guarantee that former members will be welcome home with open arms: there has never been a more important time to show solidarity with your fellow independents.”

NPA members wishing to show their support for the NPA campaign can register their interest at npa.co.uk/independentsvoice.

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