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Pharmacy Services

Volume 405: debated on Thursday 22 May 2003

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6 pm

I present a petition, collected in the South Swindon constituency, of more than 2,000 signatures, entitled "Save our pharmacy services". My constituents value the dedicated service that they get from their local pharmacies and want to see them protected.

The petition states:
The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urge the Government to reject proposals that would allow unrestricted opening of pharmacies able to dispense NHS prescriptions.
And the Petitioners remain, etc.
To lie upon the Table.

I have pleasure in presenting a petition signed by 2,140 people, on behalf of Michael Morrell of Morrell's pharmacy in Knutton, Richard Else of Bradwell pharmacy, Anthony Milward of Milward's chemists in Milehouse, Judith Hagen of Cornwall's chemists in Silverdale and Mr. Patel of Hollowood chemists in Clayton, all of whom are community pharmacists in my constituency.

The petition states:
We declare that the removal of restrictions on pharmacies able to dispense NHS prescriptions will have a detrimental effect on local chemists.
The Petitioners therefore request the House of Commons to urge the Government both to reject proposals that would allow unrestricted opening of pharmacies able to dispense NHS prescriptions and to preserve local pharmacies and safeguard their continued services to local communities.
The Petitioners remain, etc.
To lie upon the Table.