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Pharmacies (Closure)

Volume 979: debated on Tuesday 26 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of of State for Social Services what representations he has received concerning the closure of pharmacies; and if he will make a statement on the implementation of the Clothier committee recommendation.

Very few. The decline in the number of pharmacies on NHS pharmaceutical lists in England and Wales has lessened substantially in the last two years and there was in fact a small net increase in pharmacy numbers in the second half of 1979.I hope very soon to tell the medical and pharmaceutical representative bodies the Government's decision on their joint request that the Clothier committee's recommendations be implemented.