Wefan Gymraeg

Local Pharmacies need greater support

The Welsh Government needs to step in and ensure no local pharmacy will have to close due to Covid-19.

By Callum James Littlemore, Apr 17, 2020 4:04

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Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Jane Dodds has written to the Welsh Health Minister, Vaughan Gething AM, to call for greater support to local pharmacies.

There have been reports that a number of local pharmacies are struggling financially due to the effects of Covid-19 and the subsequent lockdown.

Pharmacies are important parts of our communities, acting as distribution hubs for a huge variety of medicines and treatments.

They ensure everyone can continue to acccess their medication close to home and form a key pillar of rural communities, who often lack alternative services.

The full text of Jane's letter can be read below:

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Dear Mr Gething,

Thank you for all the work you and your colleagues are doing to ensure we weather the impact of Covid-19 as best we can. I know this is a thankless task and my thoughts are with you and all our NHS staff during this testing time.

I am writing regarding recent reports of pharmacies across Wales facing financial hardship as a result of social isolation. I am deeply concerned by these reports and the potential it could have on the health and wellbeing of individuals across our nation.

Pharmacies are a key part of our towns, villages, and cities across Wales, playing a vital role in the distribution of medicines and keeping people healthy and well in their communities.

They also are a fundamental part of ensuring we have the capacity on the ground to distribute treatment for a whole range of illnesses and help contain Covid-19.

Therefore, I would like to ask you the following:

  1. What steps has the Welsh Government taken to date to ensure we protect supply lines to local pharmacies across Wales?
  2. What financial support is available for pharmacies which remain open but are struggling due to the effects of Covid-19 and social isolation?
  3. Will the Welsh Government give further guarantees to gives pharmacies and dispensaries whatever support they need until Covid-19 has been defeated?

Thank you and I look forward to your response.

Yours Sincerely,

Jane Dodds
Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats

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