Kirsty Williams AM encourages winter flu vaccination as Welsh Government gives sector a boost
Kirsty Williams, Welsh Liberal Democrat member for Brecon & Radnorshire, visited Well pharmacy in Brecon on 20th October to promote the work done by community pharmacies in Brecon & Radnorshire and across Wales.
The visit comes as the 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.
As part of her visit Kirsty received her winter flu vaccination, and is encouraging people to get theirs.
Commenting, Kirsty said:
“I was glad to be able to see first-hand the range of important services that Well pharmacy offers. It is just one of the many pharmacies across Brecon & Radnorshire which do such good work in keeping people healthy”.
“The investment by the Welsh Government shows the drastic Conservative cuts are a choice they don’t have to make. Winter brings significant pressures for the NHS, but winter flu vaccinations are one example of the good work pharmacies can do. The flu can be particularly severe for those aged over 65, children, pregnant women, and those with underlying health conditions or weakened immune systems. A vaccination can be really important and I would encourage people to go to a pharmacist and get theirs done”.
Russell Goodway, Chief Executive of Community Pharmacy Wales, said:
"Kirsty Williams has always been a powerful advocate for community pharmacy, and it was great to welcome her to Brecon on the day the Welsh Government confirmed they would be investing significantly in maintaining and enhancing services in Wales. We look forward to continuing to work with her in making health on the high street as accessible and broad as possible."
Photo caption, left to right:
Russell Goodway, Chief Executive of Community Pharmacy Wales
Louise Cole, Pharmacist Branch Manager, Well
Kirsty Williams, Assembly Member for Brecon & Radnorshire
Matthew Hussain, Regional Development Manager, Well