Keith Vaz MP has backed the Love Your Pharmacy campaign against the proposed cuts of £170 million to community pharmacy.
Community pharmacists are the most commonly accessed healthcare locations in the country – 84% of adults visit a pharmacy every year.
The cuts could see the closure of 3,000 out of 11,674 pharmacies across the UK and as many as 60 out of 227 pharmacies closing in Leicester City, Leicestershire and Rutland.
Keith met with local pharmacist Satyan Kotecha of the Belgrave Pharmacy in his constituency of Leicester East to discuss the damaging impacts these cuts will have on community pharmacies.
Keith Vaz said:
“NHS England announced yesterday that the GP system is on the brink of collapse. It is ludicrous to take funds away from a service that could help get GPs out of this mess.
Pharmacy has a key role to play in diabetes prevention, carrying out testing and giving advice to at risk populations. There is no reason why community pharmacists could not participate in public health campaigns, relieving pressure on GPs and providing benefits to the entire community.
We must fight to save local pharmacy. We cannot let these vital healthcare hubs disappear from our communities that would leave many without the access to healthcare services they so desperately need.”