UK campaign hits a million as Guild lends support


The UK’s Support Your Local Pharmacy campaign, lobbying against cuts to pharmacy services, may become the biggest petition circulating in the UK, reports the Guardian.

The campaign has just notched up its millionth signature, with around 30,000 people adding their name every day, the paper reports.

The National Pharmacy Association’s chairman Ian Strachan, who recently presented at APP2016 on the cuts to UK pharmacy, said the Department of Health had misjudged the way customers feel about community pharmacy.

“Patients value the face-to-face support they get at local pharmacies; getting medicines online or seeing a pharmacist by appointment in a GP surgery is not faintly equivalent to the accessible care available in pharmacies,” Strachan says.

Meanwhile, the Pharmacy Guild of Australia has lent its support to the campaign.

“Lending you our support for the fight ahead,” the Guild’s Kos Sclavos told British colleagues, as he lined up with them in Support Your Local Pharmacy t-shirts during a conference in Manchester.

NPA Board Member, Umesh Patel, one of the conference speakers, told Mr Sclavos that “community pharmacists in this country are very grateful for the support of the Australian Guild”.

“For the future of profession across the globe we need to support each other and you are an excellent example to us all.

“For me, it is a huge privilege to be part of that bond we have between our two countries.”

Image: National Pharmacy Association

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