The coming weeks will see general election candidates across the UK campaigning to win their constituents’ votes on Thursday 8 June.
With only a few weeks to go, and with a range of issues jostling for attention, we need members’ help to ensure that election candidates better understand and recognise the vital role that pharmacists play in supporting people’s health.
Healthcare remains one of the key issues facing Britain and the election offers you the opportunity to have your say and help make the voice of the profession heard. That is why we are calling on our members to contact their local constituency candidates to highlight the value of pharmacy and ask them to show their support for the profession.
There are a number of ways in which RPS members can get involved. You can help us by sending candidates the RPS general election toolkit, asking them to show their support online, or inviting them to come and see local pharmacists working in person. If you want to get involved in social media conversations, look out for the #pharmacy17 hashtag.
The RPS has also been in contact with the other pharmacy organisations about the refresh of the website www.pharmacymanifesto.com, which provides a range of materials pharmacists can use around the general election.
More widely, the RPS has backed a joint letter by the Prescription Charges Coalition, a coalition of patient organisations, which calls on the political parties to commit to reviewing the current prescription charge medical exemption list in England.