Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, attended a pharmacy briefing in parliament to show her support for local pharmacies. Enabling pharmacies to provide more help for people with long-term conditions could also save the NHS money. The Community Pharmacy Care Plan, proposed by PSNC, is designed to make regular pharmacy support available to people with long-term conditions, such as asthma or diabetes, which can sometimes have life-threatening complications. Pharmacy teams would help people to stay healthy and to manage these conditions and symptoms, meaning they should have less need to see their GP and can avoid being admitted into hospital.

With the NHS under unprecedented pressure and with more than 15 million people in England having at least one long term health condition, there is more need than ever to make better use of community pharmacies.

Emma said: “I was very pleased to attend this event to learn more about the contribution that pharmacies in Wolverhampton and the West Midlands make to the local community.

“There are 22 community pharmacies in Wolverhampton North East. They provide NHS services to patients with long-term conditions and can help them to manage their conditions and stay healthy. This is especially important considering that in Wolverhampton North East alone, 7.8% of residents have been diagnosed with asthma or COPD and 8.3% have been diagnosed with diabetes.

“The government must stop cutting funding for local pharmacies. Not least because numerous people rely on their local pharmacy for free medical advice and prescription medicine. If pharmacies continue to close due to funding cuts, more and more people will have to visit GPs surgeries and Accident and Emergency departments to seek assistance instead.”

July 2018