Dudley MP has told the Government to listen to Dudley residents on proposed cuts to pharmacies.
Government plans to cut funding for community pharmacies by £170 million could force up to 3,000 to close, threatening 653 pharmacies in Birmingham and the Black Country. A package of emergency funding will benefit just one percent of pharmacies across Dudley, compared to forty percent in areas like Chesham and Hampshire.
Speaking at Health Questions in the House of Commons, Austin called on the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to listen to Dudley residents who opposed the cuts and keep pharmacies open to help prevent excess winter deaths.
The MP sent a survey to thousands of Dudley residents, with 97 percent saying they opposed the funding cuts and 80 percent making use of pharmacies weekly or monthly.
Speaking in the House of Commons, Ian Austin said:
“One way of preventing excess winter deaths would be to ensure that people can go to their local pharmacy for advice, essential medicines and flu vaccines.
“But plans to cut pharmacy budgets are going to hit Dudley hard, with just one percent of Dudley’s pharmacies getting extra support compared to forty percent in places like Chesham and Hampshire.
“I asked thousands of Dudley residents who completed my survey – 97 percent said they opposed these cuts. Why won’t he listen to people in Dudley and sort this out?”