Digital advertising vans have been in Westminster and Uxbridge, the parliamentary constituency of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, as part of the NPA’s fair funding campaign.
The ads reminded the PM that he’s made a promise to community pharmacies in his constituency and across England to reimburse the extra costs that they have borne during the pandemic.
NPA chair Andrew Lane, who joined the ‘battle bus’, said: “Pharmacy teams everywhere have risen to the challenge of staying open and continuing to see patients, even while other parts of the health system went behind closed-doors. Now they are also part of the must-win battle to vaccinate the population against coronavirus, and the latest phase of test and trace.
Failure to reimburse community pharmacies for the costs of coronavirus would be a slap in the face for the people working so hard in this essential part of the NHS.
Andrew also paid a visit to the Conservative Party office in Uxbridge and Puri Pharmacy in Hillingdon, West London.
He added: “We need government to make good on commitments to meet all the additional costs associated with coronavirus and also address long term underfunding - so that pharmacies can stay open to keep people well and save lives.”
This is the latest phase in the NPA’s on-going campaign to maintain pressure on government to meet its commitments to community pharmacy. It follows campaigning in the constituencies of Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Health secretary Matt Hancock.
Please keep the momentum going on social media and share this social media post using the hashtag #BorisKeepYourPromise. You may wish to tag your local MP.
You can also sign the NPA's fair funding petition which has reached over 93,200 signatures. Go to https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-our-local-pharmacies-2