AM and MP Visits

Greater role for community pharmacies urged by Adam Price AM
On 2 December Adam Price AM visited Boots Pharmacy in Ammanford to discuss the importance of using your local pharmacist and to see for himself the increasing range of services being offered there.
Commenting on the visit Adam Price said: “While pharmacies in England are facing 11% funding cuts, I am pleased that here in Wales they are seen as an integral and important part of health service delivery.  Unlike across the border reductions are not being implemented here. Wales is doing things differently. 
“The additional funding announced by Welsh Government to protect pharmacy services is welcomed across all parties. Pharmacies can do a lot more and can take pressure off GPs and other parts of the health service. Keeping people out of hospitals unless they absolutely have to be there should be a priority and I hope community pharmacies such as this can help improve our health care system.
“But it also makes economic sense because pharmacies play a vital role in maintaining the economic viability of the high street. As we’ve seen in Carmarthenshire, all too often core services are disappearing from our shopping centres and it’s important that the community pharmacy retains its local presence.”
Community Pharmacy Wales’s Chief Executive Russell Goodway said: “Adam Price understands the social and economic value of community pharmacy and has always shown himself to be a real progressive when it comes to championing their use. By thinking creatively together pharmacists and politicians can make a real difference to how people access health care conveniently and close to home over the next few years. Wales can offer the best high street based health care anywhere in the UK.”

Photo: Adam Price AM with Sarah Jenkins, Boots Store Manager in Ammanford

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