Save your local Community Pharmacy in Northern Ireland
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The Community Pharmacy network in Northern Ireland plays a vital role in delivering community-based healthcare services and promoting health and well-being in the community. Around 123,000 people visit a community pharmacy every day.
A community pharmacist is often the first point of contact for people to the health service and it is also the last point of contact for those receiving prescribed medication.
Right now the Northern Ireland community pharmacy network is under sustained attack due to Government cuts and consistent underfunding. There is a deficit of at least £20m in funding provided to community pharmacy meaning that community pharmacists are dispensing many medicines at a loss, putting many under unacceptable financial pressures.
Many community pharmacists have told us they face huge pressures with some in danger of closing.
Community pharmacy is the most accessible healthcare service, available on the local high street and in every community across NI, any closures will impact greatly on patients.
Community pharmacy closures will be indiscriminate and may affect YOUR community.
Proper investment in community pharmacy offers a real solution to the health service. Community pharmacies in Scotland and Wales already offer new services which deliver benefits to patients. We want to see patients in Northern Ireland offered the same opportunity.
The healthcare system needs radical change and key to this is giving community pharmacy a more proactive role in public health and in the prevention and management of long term conditions.
Through better understanding of its services, greater recognition of its value and with a flagship role at the heart of public health, our vital place-based network of community pharmacies can play a significant role in solving the crisis facing us.
PLEASE SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY PHARMACY BY SIGNING THIS PETITION BY STATING:
- Your support for the Department of Health to address current funding problems.
- Your support for the development of new community pharmacy services.
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