Community pharmacy is referred to in all three of the party manifestos released this week. A new Conservative government would ensure a stronger role for community pharmacy in keeping people healthy, Labour would reverse England’s pharmacy funding cuts and the Liberal Democrats would act to ensure that patients have good access to pharmacy services.
The Conservative Party manifesto ‘Forward together’ promises a stronger Britain, approached by getting to grips with “the great challenges of our time”, which will require “discipline and focus, effort and hard work” says Prime Minister Theresa May.
An enhanced role for community pharmacy is outlined. “We shall support more integrated working, including ensuring community pharmacies can play a stronger role to keep people healthy outside hospital within the wider health system.”
Improving the NHS is mentioned within one of the ‘five great challenges’ for the country. The party pledges to increase NHS funding, and focus on improving NHS premises and technology. A new GP contract will help develop wider primary care services.
Other health and social care proposals include:
Labour has pledged support for “healthcare for all”, celebrating the founding principles of the NHS and its constitution, and investing in healthcare “to give patients the modern, well-resourced services they need for the 21st century".
The party said it would halt the pharmacy cuts if elected. “We will increase funding to GP services to ensure patients can access the care they need. And we will halt pharmacy cuts and review provision to ensure all patients have access to pharmacy services, particularly in deprives or remote communities.”
Other healthcare-related general election pledges from Labour include:
‘Save our NHS and care services’, says the Liberal Democrats manifesto. The plan for health includes:
In relation to pharmacy, the Liberal Democrats would look at maintaining service provision, saying they would, “Ensure that any changes to the way pharmacies are funded do not leave local areas without reasonable access to a community pharmacist”.
National support would be given to ‘struggling’ GP practices would be given, “to prevent mass closures”, although there is no mention of pharmacy funding in the manifesto.
Originally Published by P3 Pharmacy