"1 in 4 London pharmacies at risk of closing"

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"1 in 4 London pharmacies at risk of closing"

A quarter of local pharmacies across London could close due to proposed cuts by NHS England.

That's according to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society who've urged the government to reverse the cost-saving measures, claiming local communities and A&E wards could be hit the hardest.

Dr Keith Ridge, Chief Pharmaceutical Officer said: 

"Community pharmacy is a vital part of the health and care system, and that's why we are consulting on changes that will better integrate pharmacy into the NHS. We are looking at ways to make greater use of the skills of pharmacists in GP surgeries, A&E, care homes and other settings, and make better use of technology. 

"We also have a responsibility to make sure we get the best use from our resources, and currently 40 percent of pharmacies are in clusters of three or more within ten minutes of each other - each supported by NHS funds. These proposals will ensure we have a modern, efficient pharmacy sector which gives patients the support of pharmacy services when and where they need it.”

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