MP opposes pharmacy cuts

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A Barnsley MP has launched a campaign against proposed government cuts to community pharmacies.

Michael Dugher, MP for Barnsley East, has spoken out against plans to slash £170m from the budget, which could force a number of pharmacies in the region to close.

Mr Dugher has now taken this matter up nationally with the government, raising a series of parliamentary questions, asking what impact assessment the Department of Health has made of the number of jobs that will be lost and the level of service reduction that will occur if the cut goes ahead.

Mr Dugher said: “The government’s plan to cut £170 million from the community pharmacy budget will be a disaster for chemists in Barnsley, with the government’s own figures showing up to 3,000 – a quarter of all those in the country – could be forced to close as a result.

“There is a real concern that the local chemists people depend on for free advice and prescription medicine could be shut down, and I’m raising this issue in Parliament with Ministers as a matter of urgency.

“The government needs to be taken to task for this reckless cut and I will be working closely with local chemists and organisations like Pharmacy Voice to fight this every step of the way.”