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:
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:
- What steps has the Welsh Government taken to date to ensure we protect supply lines to local pharmacies across Wales?
- What financial support is available for pharmacies which remain open but are struggling due to the effects of Covid-19 and social isolation?
- 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.
Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats