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Health Services (Cornwall)

Volume 483: debated on Wednesday 19 November 2008

I wish to present a petition on behalf of more than 10,000 residents of Cornwall. Living in a rural county they fear that the proposals in the pharmacy White Paper could jeopardise their local GP practices. The petitioners request that the House urges the Secretary of State for Health to take steps to protect the rural dispensing of medicine, particularly in the Duchy of Cornwall.

The petition states:

The Petition of residents of Cornwall, and others,

Declares the Petitioners’ concern that the Pharmacy White Paper could result in many rural practices having to stop dispensing medicines to their patients; and further declares that the dispensing of medicines by such practices is often vital to patients who live in more isolated areas.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Secretary of State for Health to protect the rural dispensing of medicines.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.

[P000289]