NPA chairman Ian Strachan is calling on independents to begin mobilising local political opinion, in readiness for a concerted campaign against Department of Health proposals for cuts and 'efficiencies' across the sector.
The war of words triggered by recent government statements on efficiencies such as centralised dispensing will soon enter a new phase, Mr Strachan today. "What we have seen so far is a jumble of half-explained ideas coming out of government, and a justifiably worried and angry response from the profession. The government proposals are light on detail, but the direction of policy is already clear, and independents must mobilise to oppose it. It is a drift away from valuing local pharmacies and a retreat from any serious effort to maximise the benefits of the bricks and mortar pharmacy network."
Mr Strachan wrote to his own MP today about the value of local pharmacies and he urged all NPA members to do the same. "This is about beginning to mobilise political support across the country for what could be a long and difficult struggle ahead."
An NPA webinar on 'Cuts and Efficiencies' will take place on the evening of January 25. Mr Strachan will outline the NPA's plans and the resources the association is making available to support campaigning activity. Registration is open to all.