Local Community Pharmacies Still Under Threat!

I have been warning for over a year now about the growing crisis in Local Pharmacies here in Wolverhampton , and right across the country!

There is an increasing threat taking place to the smaller Local Community Pharmacies in Wolverhampton. All because of the current Government Policy.

Larger retail chains which have profits from other things such as food and wholesaler drugs like Lloyds and Boots probably won’t even notice the Government changes.

The smaller chains of pharmacies, the single owners , will suffer, and are starting to fret about this.

I know in my conversation with Pharmacist’s that they have huge concerns around the loss of training, as Local Pharmacies will have no funds to use for this, refits of shops will be stopped, sufficient staffing levels will be in question.

I have been reminded by the industry that “ it’s a real tough world in pharmacy and yet there is so much potential for us to help reduce the ill patients using the NHS  and causing queues in surgeries.”

They went onto tell me that “The government are very proud of giving our funds over to the gp’s to fund a prescribing pharmacist but this does not solve the issue of a patient needing minor ailments treatments, and in the queue at surgery or even in casualty when they could have gone to pharmacy on the high street with no appointment.”

I remain very concerned that we will see smaller community pharmacies on local housing estates, in small villages, and other smaller settlements close, causing loss of local jobs, and a loss of a great local service.

I have already (last year) laid a resolution in the City Council trying to protect these Pharmacies, and since I have had even more concerns raised by the local pharmacies, I have again written to the Public Health Director urging a further examination of what can be done.”

Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more