Swansea East AM shows commitment to Community Pharmacy
On November 21st Mike Hedges AM met with Sam Fisher of Lloyds Pharmacy, and Russell Goodway, Chief Executive of Community Pharmacy Wales, to see behind the scenes at Lloyds Pharmacy in Morriston.
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 pledged 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.
Mike Hedges AM said: “Making better and fuller use of our community pharmacies is a very welcome step. They are university graduates that are experts in medicines management and offer professional advice that is accessible to everyone on the high street.
“The roll out of the new Choose Pharmacy IT platform will, for the first time, allow pharmacists to access parts of a patient’s medical records. This is a vital modernisation of our health service and I’m pleased the Labour Welsh Government is enabling this to happen for the first time.”
Sam Fisher from Lloyd Pharmacy added: “This is a very exciting time for pharmacy in Wales and we were pleased to be able to host such an informed discussion. Mike understood the value of community pharmacy and could see first hand what we do in his constituency, as well as the type of services we might offer in the future.”
Commenting on the visit, Russell Goodway from Community Pharmacy Wales said: "It was a pleasure to welcome Mike Hedges 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 his 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.”
Photo- Mike Hedges AM with Russell Goodway, Chief Executive of Community Pharmacy Wales and Sam Fisher, Head of Pharmacy Affairs, Lloyds Pharmacy..