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GP surgery numbers to be cut as part of major plans around sustainability

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DH are doing this to pharmacy as well. Plan is to close up to a quarter of English pharmacies as there are too many, too close together. Despite pharmacy being the only healthcare profession that contradicts the inverse care law - areas with lots of pharmacies are the most deprived ones. I suspect this has nothing to do with DH but that they've been told by the Treasury that they must save 'x' amount and they've always seen pharmacy as an easy target. What they didn't expect was over 2m people signing the PSNC/NPA petition backing the services their local pharmacies deliver. Usual short term (i.e. no longer than five years) thinking by government. Something like "Let's save money now and worry about any fallout later. When we're hopefully not in power..."

Posted date

31 Aug 2016

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1:00pm

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