John Clark, Chair of Community Pharmacy NI commented:
“The funding offer put forward by the Department of Health has totally failed to address the funding difficulties that Community Pharmacy is currently in.”
“Rather than increasing the funding proposals that were under discussion during the summer the Department has responded today by confirming a reduced level of funding”.
“This ‘sticking plaster’ approach is yet again another short-sighted step by the Department. It has been purposefully served to undermine the network and brush us off. These issues will not go away.
“Patients will suffer, medicine supply will be disrupted, and pharmacies will shut. That will have a huge impact on patient safety and will ultimately make the health service much harder to access for thousands of patients. The impact could not be starker.”
“Community Pharmacists individually and in groups have informed us that they will be taking action into their own hands and will be reviewing services they can provide to the public going forward. The outlook is bleak.”