Martin Horwood has condemned the Conservative government's plans for local pharmacies.
The former Liberal Democrat MP for Cheltenham says the local health and care sector will face a 'perfect storm' if pharmacies are forced to close since they have been building up their role in healthcare for years, taking pressure off local GP surgeries and even A&E departments.
Martin’s warning comes after it was revealed that the government plans to cut pharmacy funding by 12% from December.
Martin said: "For years, we have been supporting local pharmacies to offer a greater range of advice and services from flu vaccination to straightforward advice on prescriptions and treatments to tests for blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.
“Part of that deal is the funding national government provides to pharmacies to take the pressure off local GPs and NHS services that are all under tremendous strain now. If people get the advice or the test from their pharmacy, they never need to see their GP or visit A&E, leaving those services the time to see the patients who need their help the most."
- The national campaign to defend community pharmacy is at http://supportyourlocalpharmacy.org/