Community pharmacies play an immensely important role in the delivery of high-quality health care to the people of North-West Leicestershire. I am presenting a petition signed by more than 1,100 constituents who are extremely concerned about the recommendations made in an Office of Fair Trading report, which they believe threaten the future of community pharmacies in Ashby, Castle Donington, Kegworth, Coalville, Ibstock, Measham and elsewhere.
The petition reads as follows:
To the House of Commons.
The Petition of electors within the Parliamentary constituency of North West Leicestershire.
Declares that they are concerned about proposals that would allow unrestricted opening of pharmacies able to dispense NHS prescriptions and (to preserve local pharmacies and safeguard their continued service to local communities).
The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons reject the proposals from the Office of Fair Trading on pharmacies.
And the petitioners remain, etc.
To lie upon the Table.