Bill Esterson MP is backing a campaign opposing Government proposals to cut pharmacies in Thornton. The Labour MP met with the owner of Thornton Pharmacy Graeme Batten in response to a wide number of constituents expressing concern for their pharmacies in the locality.
Graeme said “Government cuts are harmful and Bill has taken an active interest in supporting the campaign. We understand that cuts are necessary in turbulent economic times. However, it cannot be disputed that these particular cuts are short-sighted and will ultimately cause more damage to the local community in the long-run. We urge the government to seriously consider the counter proposals put forward by the PSNC, which will not only mitigate the threat to local pharmacies, but will also save the government money.”
The current proposals include a plan to introduce an online ‘click and collect’ system for the collection of medication which will potentially alienate a great deal of vulnerable people, many of whom do not have access to the internet.
Bill said on the issue "Government proposals are short-sighted, I think the PSNC have been proactive in their response - offering suggestions which save money but do not have the disastrous side effects of the current Government proposals. Our local pharmacies are a crucial part of our lives and to let Government cuts dismantle such an important support service would cause great long-term damage to the community.”