The Government should invest in front-line, community-based care and ensure that its plans for pharmacies will:

  1. maintain patient choice, by encouraging a vibrant network of local pharmacies
  2. ensure that people can continue to get face-to-face, professional advice without an appointment about medicines and health
  3. increase opportunities for health improvement interventions, such as stop smoking advice
  4. safeguard the interests of the most vulnerable people and populations; and reduce health inequalities
  5. ensure a resilient medicines supply system, so that patients can get their medicines when and where they need them

We want politicians and officials to think again about the current direction of policy, and not rush to implement changes that may have unintended and irreversible consequences for local pharmacies and the people that pharmacies serve.