Numark has launched a petition to press the Government to reconsider how the current funding model works for pharmacies and to invest wisely to save them. They hope to engage community pharmacy contractors, their teams and the wider public to join the campaign to urge for better funding.
Numark’s statement on the petition page reads: “Community pharmacies and their teams have been faced with unprecedented challenges in dealing with the outbreak of COVID-19. Pharmacy has proven itself to be an invaluable resource on the frontline of healthcare, providing lifesaving prescription services, support, advice and reassurance to patients and their families when they need it most. As the Government called for the nation to ‘stay home and save lives’, they asked pharmacy teams to show up for work. This demonstrates the value inherent in the critical role pharmacy teams play within their local communities. The Government however, through austerity measures over the last four years has removed over £200 million of funding, their intention to force 3,000 local community pharmacies to close. The reality could be much worse. All pharmacies in England are under significant financial pressure and are indeed on the brink of bankruptcy. Just recently, over half of all pharmacies in England reported they were operating at a loss, these pharmacies could risk facing closure at a time our nation needs them most. What would that mean for our friends and families, for our communities who rely on them day in, day out? The consequences of pharmacy closures would be unimaginable, and we want to ensure this doesn’t happen, but we can’t do it alone, we need your help.”