Polegate’s MP has stood up to ministers over the recent proposals to change funding for pharmacies, during a debate on the issue in the Commons Chamber.
Using her experience as a nurse, Maria Caulfield set-out how the Government are right to change the NHS funding currently being given to large corporate companies who run chemists and instead money should be directed to community pharmacies to allow them to expand the services they offer patients.
The Ms Caulfield, who has already met with Health Ministers over the proposals, looked to highlight the important role carried out by pharmacists, and the greater responsibilities that as highly qualified professionals they could take on.
Maria said, “I strongly support a review of the current funding arrangements for pharmacy provision but it is vital that in a rural area like Lewes our independent chemists have the funding they need to provide the vital link that they do for patients. I have again urged the Government to re-consider some areas of their plans, and look more closely at models that are already in place and working effectively, like the Scottish model. This is another important change for our health & wellbeing, and I would hate for these changes to be reflected upon as a missed opportunity.”