Liberal Democrat MP for Carshalton and Wallington, Tom Brake, has joined with local pharmacists in mounting strong opposition to Government plans to cut £170 million from pharmacies in 2016/17. If the government’s plans go ahead, an estimated £660,000 would be slashed from Sutton pharmacy budgets, putting as many as 11 pharmacies at risk of closure.
Tom showed his support for local pharmacists at the recent St Helier Festival, with a stall explaining their vital role.
Tom said: ‘When I met local pharmacists, they told me that the reasons for the Government changes have not been explained and the public will receive a worse service. Pharmacies are able to take pressure off GPs and A&E Departments, meaning that people in need of urgent care are seen more quickly. Proposals to cut pharmacies would put local people in danger and that is why I am fighting to keep them open.
“Cuts on this scale would be a bitter pill for our pharmacies to swallow and could lead to a large number of closures.’
To support Tom’s campaign for local pharmacies you can sign Tom’s petition on http://www.tombrake.co.uk/pharmaciesand keep up to date with Tom’s news on what he is doing for the community by following him on Facebook and Twitter.