England

MPs show support for pharmacists in Commons debate

MPs from across political parties this afternoon praised the work of pharmacists and pharmacy teams, during a debate in Parliament.

In a Westminster Hall debate on community pharmacy and COVID-19, tabled by Pharmacy APPG chair Jackie Doyle-Price MP, MPs on all sides recognised the enormous contribution of pharmacists during the pandemic.

They highlighted pharmacists’ clinical expertise and dedication to supporting their local communities, as well as key roles such as maintaining patient access to medicines, supporting COVID-19 vaccinations, and addressing health inequalities.

MPs also called on the Government to meet its commitment to give the health service whatever it needed in the fight against COVID-19. They noted continued pressure in community pharmacy in England and reiterated calls for £370 million in advance payments not to be clawed back.

RPS England Chair Claire Anderson said:

“Pharmacists and pharmacy teams have been on the frontline of COVID-19 and have been crucial in maintaining patient access to care and advice.

“Today’s NHS staff survey results show how teams that were already under pressure have faced an enormously challenging year and it’s great to see their fantastic efforts recognised by MPs.

“We now need to ensure pharmacists get the support they need and are fairly rewarded for the work they do.

“Looking to the future, and with planned with NHS reforms in England, it’s vital the Government and NHS make the most of pharmacists’ clinical expertise and leadership.

“Amid growing demand on the health service and a continued focus on patient safety, this must also be backed by much-needed investment in pharmacy education and training.”

Watch the debate.

Read about the All-Party Pharmacy Group.

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