England could find itself with only 1000 pharmacies left, according to leading UK pharmacist

Mark Burdon, a Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee representative, told the UK’s All-Party Pharmacy Group that the cuts to pharmacy funding could have much more severe consequences than previously imagined, Chemist + Druggist reports.

Mark Burdon addresses delegates at APP16.

“It’s terrifying how bad the situation could be,” Mr Burdon said.

“We could quite easily end up with 1,000 pharmacies in the country; all posting prescriptions to patients through Royal Mail in the ‘Amazonised’ model, completely ignoring pharmacy’s role beyond dispensing.”

Mr Burdon said that untruthful reporting within the Government meant that the real consequences of the cuts were not apparent to most people.

Previous pharmacy minister Alistair Burt had spoken about the likely closure of between 1,000 and 3,000 English pharmacies as the expected result of the cuts.

But Mr Burdon says it’s quite possible that they will mean the “loss of huge numbers” of pharmacies.

Mr Burdon had outlined the likely effects of the funding cuts last year at APP16. “We know that this is about moving towards this commoditisation, this online digitisation of the service,” he said.