GRASS ROOTS CAMPAIGN TO SAVE GP DISPENSING SALUTED BY MP
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GRASS ROOTS CAMPAIGN TO SAVE GP DISPENSING SALUTED BY MP

Peter Luff has congratulated the people of Mid Worcestershire for their determination to fight the Government's plans to take away the rights of their GPs to dispense prescriptions.

The Government's White Paper Pharmacy in England contains proposals to remove GPs rights to dispense, and to give that right solely to pharmacies. This has provoked a storm of local criticism, especially from pensioners and disabled people who would suffer. Instead of being able to collect their medicines from their doctor, they would have to make a separate and often difficult journey to the nearest chemist.

By undermining the finances of smaller, more rural practices, the proposal also runs the risk of leading to the closure of some GP surgeries.

Peter explained,

"In the past six weeks, I have received nearly 300 letters protesting against any change to the current system for dispensing prescriptions. They come from the rural areas around Droitwich and Evesham, and from Broadway. These letters are all passionately and individually written explaining just how they would suffer if the proposals were implemented.

"I salute the work done by local chemists and believe that high street pharmacies can play an even bigger role in the provision of advice and some basic health services. But this doesn't need to happen at the expense of the provision of family doctor services.

"In sixteen years as a Member of Parliament I can remember only one or two other issues provoking such passion. My constituents are right to express their fears that these proposals will lead to a poorer quality of service that will hit the most vulnerable - the poor, the disabled and the elderly - the hardest.

It's often argued that people are too apathetic these days to make much of a fuss about anything. I'm proud that in Worcestershire this is clearly not the case.

"When the formal consultation on these proposals is launched by the Government I will be submitting a copy of each and every one of these excellent letters to the relevant Ministers. The Government must be made to realise the true depth of public feeling on this issue, and I applaud my constituents for refusing to roll over, and for standing up to fight for their local services."


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