The Company Chemists’ Association was delighted to arrange a visit by the Pharmacy Minister, Will Quince MP to a Boots pharmacy in Westminster today.
The Minister was able to see first-hand much of what the community pharmacy sector has to offer patients and the NHS. The Boots pharmacist, Flavia, explained to the Minister the broad range of services the pharmacy delivers, from the new medicines service to emergency contraception and the community pharmacy consultation service.
While at the pharmacy, the Minister received a blood pressure check and a flu vaccination. Flu vaccines are crucial ammunition in preparation for the winter season, protecting patients and taking pressure off already stretched parts of the wider health care system.
Malcolm Harrison Chief Executive of the CCA said: “We share the Minister’s vision on how community pharmacies and their teams can contribute to the ‘Plan for Patients’ set out by the Secretary of State. It is great to have the support of the Minister and we are excited for the future of pharmacy.
However, we are worried that the current levels of under investment, and the continued workforce challenges, mean that pharmacies may not be able to deliver the Minister’s vision.
Community pharmacies pride themselves on their ability to provide accessible care, medicines, and advice. We know that the sector can support the NHS and local communities even more, if the government provides the funding needed for today and works with us to effectively plan for the future.”