Community pharmacy teams are on the front line of the COVID-19 response. Pharmacies provide invaluable care and face-to-face advice to patients across the country. The Government must provide pharmacies with the support they need. Grahame Morris MP
Easington MP Grahame Morris is backing the Company Chemists’ Association (CCA) #pharmacyheroes campaign.
The #pharmacyheroes campaign highlights the vital service that pharmacies continue to deliver during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pharmacies have recently experienced an unprecedented increase in demand for all medicines across England. Despite the immense pressure that they face, community pharmacy teams continue to ensure that patients have access to a safe supply of medicines.
Pharmacies are working to deliver medicines to those who need them, particularly those shielding or self-isolating. Over 3,000 pharmacists and 2,000 technicians have been added to a temporary register to help support the current workforce.
The CCA is calling on Ministers to support our community pharmacy sector. Community pharmacies are facing additional costs for staff, overtime, extra cleaning, and PPE. The CCA notes the £200m to be paid in April will only cover half the estimated uplift in prescription items in March, with pharmacies required to pay this money back.
Grahame Morris MP said, “Community pharmacy teams are on the front line of the COVID-19 response. Pharmacies provide invaluable care and face-to-face advice to patients across the country. The Government must provide pharmacies with sufficient support, so patients have access to the services that they require. Pharmacies should not incur additional costs for keeping people safe and well during this pandemic. I encourage others to support the campaign and show appreciation for #pharmacyheroes by sharing photographs and messages of thanks on social media.”
The CCA is the trade association for large community pharmacy operators. Their members include Asda, Boots, LloydsPharmacy, Morrisons, Rowlands Pharmacy, Superdrug, Tesco and Well.