2018 Pharmacy Business Awards – the best of community pharmacy
The shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth took to the stage during the Pharmacy Business Awards in London to insist he is a “friend and ally” of community pharmacy and pledged to invest in the profession not cut its funding.
In what was a passionate speech designed to sharply criticise the government’s £320 million in cuts to community pharmacy’s budget as well as express support for pharmacy teams across the UK, Ashworth said his party would work with pharmacies and give them “the security they need” with Brexit looming and a deal still conspicuous by its absence.
“We would be a government who would want to work with community pharmacy to ensure pharmacies and the industry more widely are given the security they need through this period (of Brexit),” he said.
“I am a huge supporter of community pharmacy. As you know it’s the 70th anniversary of the National Health Service (NHS) and (I would) like to take a moment to thank community pharmacy for the contribution you have made throughout the last 70 years and the contribution you continue to make today in keeping so many people in our country well and healthy. You are a vital part of our National Health Service.
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