Cardiff Central AM shows commitment to Community Pharmacy
On October 31st Jenny Rathbone AM met with Hayley Jones of the Cyncoed Pharmacy, and Russell Goodway, Chief Executive of Community Pharmacy Wales.
The visit comes as the Conservative UK Government announced proposals to cut the funding available to community pharmacies in England. There is a planned 4% reduction in 2016-17, and over 7% in 2017-18. In contrast, the Welsh Government has re-stated its commitment to the community pharmacy sector, with £20million investment to support and enhance pharmacy services in Wales. The details of the funding announcement are currently being negotiated between the Welsh Government and Community Pharmacy Wales, but they will entail significant expansion of the number of services you can obtain in a local pharmacy.
Commenting on the visit, Russell Goodway said: "It was a pleasure to welcome Jenny Rathbone for a constructive and positive discussion on how health on the high street can be made as accessible and broad as possible. This is a critical time for community pharmacy and we are grateful for her continued support in ensuring that the next five years see a gear change in the number of services on offer, taking the pressure off GPs and hospitals.”