Conservative manifesto pledges makes for a ‘clean sweep’ of political commitments for Community Pharmacy

18 May 2017

Following pledges of support from both the Labour and Liberal Democrat Parties in their recently published manifestos, The Conservatives have, today, promised to enhance the role of community pharmacy in relieving pressure on hospitals. They also committed to supporting pharmacies in rural areas.

NPA Chairman, Ian Strachan, said:

 

“I’m naturally delighted to see this commitment from the Conservative Party completing a clean sweep across all the three main UK political parties.  To our knowledge, this is the first time this has ever happened and stems from the hard work of community pharmacists, working up-and-down the country, the NPA campaign team and others working on behalf of the sector. It seems that politicians of all persuasions are finally beginning to wake-up to how important the services and support we provide are to voters.  Of course, it will be up to all of us to ensure these promises are delivered upon in Government – promises are one thing, delivery is another.”

The Conservative manifesto, in addition to pledging support for rural pharmacies, states:

‘We shall support more integrated working, including ensuring community pharmacies can play a stronger role to keep people healthy outside hospital within the wider health system’

Earlier, speaking at the start of the General Election campaign, Ian Strachan said:

“The General Election gives us another platform to get the message across to politicians that pharmacy is a vital part of the NHS frontline and requires their active and consistent support.  NPA members will shortly be sent leaflets and a poster to display in pharmacies – they encourage patients to raise pharmacy issues with election candidates when the candidates knock on their doors to canvass support.”