PM Rishi Sunak’s tribute to community pharmacy at the Sigma conference

Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, has backed pharmacists to play a greater clinical role in the health and well-being of the nation, describing them
as “valuable and trusted” members of the community.

Pharmacists have faced a difficult year with 222 community pharmacies closing in just the first six months.

Boots alone will be closing 300 branches over the next 12 months.

Sunak, however, insisted that his government knows the “hard work of pharmacy teams”, and that he wants to “enable them to do more to support the NHS.”

Speaking at the annual Sigma Conference in London on Sunday (5 November), the prime minister reiterated that community pharmacy is in line for a much-needed
boost in funding.

“Earlier this year, the government announced plans for further investment of up to £645 million over the next few years to support the Pharmacy First service
for patients,” Sunak said in a letter read out at the conference by Lord Dolar Popat.

“This means that community pharmacies will be able to assess patients and provide some options to protect them without a GP appointment.”