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To: Department of Health and NHS England
Save our local pharmacies
Keep your promise to cover the extra costs of providing frontline healthcare during the coronavirus pandemic. Let pharmacies keep the money they were given to help with the crippling extra costs of staying open and providing vital healthcare.
Why is this important?
For months, pharmacy teams across the UK have been working without respite on the NHS frontline, playing a vital role in the nation’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and helping reduce the pressure on GPs and A&Es.
But the government hasn't done enough to give community pharmacies the money they need to meet the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. A third of family-owned pharmacies in England are now in deficit and some have closed for good.
Many more family-owned pharmacies in England could soon be forced to shut their doors unless the government acts.
The first step is to let pharmacies keep the money they were given for the crippling extra costs of staying open during the pandemic. This money was spent by pharmacies to provide vital healthcare and the government must keep its promise to cover these extra costs.
Community pharmacies are a local lifeline. They provide vital health and social care in communities across the country, including the most deprived neighbourhoods. Please support our local pharmacies – so they can continue to keep people well and save lives!