Catherine West MP said "I’m deeply concerned by the Government’s plans to cut over £170 million from community pharmacies. I met with local pharmacists recently to discuss these worrying proposals that threaten their livelihoods and increase the pressure on our already overburdened primary care services.
Introducing cuts on this scale could result in each pharmacy losing up to £15,000 a year. This will do nothing to improve primary care outcomes and I am concerned that it will make it harder for pharmacies to provide the safe, good-quality services we all want to see and put added pressure on GP services.
I’ve also made urgent representations to the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to reconsider these misguided plans."
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