Anna Turley, MP for Redcar, has slammed the Government’s plans to cut funding for community pharmacies which will put 35 chemists on Teesside, a quarter of the total, at risk of closure.
Earlier this month negotiations on a new funding package for community pharmacies broke down and the Government have said they will push ahead with the proposals.
The cuts mean a 12% reduction in funding for the rest of the 2015-16 financial year and a 7% cut next year. They will put 1 in 4 pharmacies at risk of closure and force thousands more to scale back services.
Speaking ahead of an opposition day debate in the House of Commons on the cuts, Anna said:
“Community pharmacies are a valued and important public service, especially for the elderly, disabled and people with long term illnesses who struggle to travel far. My inbox and post bag are full of people who are concerned about what these cuts will mean for pharmacies in Redcar & Cleveland.
“Cutting back on community pharmacies will also put more pressure on already overstretched GP surgeries and A&E departments so the cost will just be spread to elsewhere in the health service.
“Patients in Teesside will suffer under these plans so instead of pushing ahead I urge the Government to go back to the negotiating table and look at them again.”