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A 2TP AW17 CoverOctober 6 2017

PSNC is urging community pharmacy teams to contact their local MPs to promote pharmacy. In a new video, PSNC’s Head of Communications and Public Affairs, Zoe Long, discusses why it can be useful for community pharmacy team members to reach out to local politicians and explains how to contact them. 

 The video also discusses the materials that the PSNC Communications Team has produced to help community pharmacists to engage with MPs, as well as the lobbying work that both PSNC and LPCs do on your behalf.

Over the last three weeks, PSNC has attended three political party conferences – the Liberal Democrats, Labour and the Conservatives – and has been working with other pharmacy organisations to “expand and develop community pharmacy’s pool of supporters.”

Work has concentrated on ensuring that conference delegates understand:

  • the value of community pharmacy services to the NHS, patients and wider society;
  • the hard work that pharmacies are already doing and the pressure they are under;
  • the impact that any reduction in pharmacy services would have on the wider NHS and patients; and
  • the positive impact that the sector could have if better utilised by the NHS.

“We have been pleased to hear support for community pharmacy coming from politicians across all parties this year, but also from other healthcare professionals including nurses, and from charities representing patients with long-term conditions. Over the coming months we will work to ensure that these advocates are fully briefed on community pharmacy and have the necessary tools to continue supporting the sector,” said Ms Long.

“We are also continuing our campaigning work alongside the other national pharmacy organisations and Local Pharmaceutical Committees (LPCs) to intensify political pressure. As we head into the winter period we must ensure that Parliamentarians understand the very serious cashflow issues currently facing community pharmacies, and the potentially devastating impact that any reduction in pharmacy services would have on the wider NHS and patients.”

The latest issue of Today’s Pharmacist (which is being distributed free at the Pharmacy Show this weekend) has an interview with pharmacist Sandra Gidley, Chair of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s England Pharmacy Board. She served as an MP for 10 years and has shared her thoughts on how pharmacy teams can engage with politicians locally.

Links:
PSNC video announcement         
PSNC statement on party conferences     

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