Pharmacy Voice, PSNC and The IPF release toolkit to support election campaigning

The political parties have kicked off their election campaigns and today Pharmacy Voice, PSNC and The IPF have issued a to help pharmacy teams across the UK engage with their local MPs, and support the community pharmacy manifesto in the run up to the general election.

Hosted on pharmacy teams can find a template letter to send to their local MP and / or parliamentary candidate, as well as guidance on identifying and liaising with their local representatives.

Rob Darracott, chief executive Pharmacy Voice, said:

“There are only a few months to go until the general election, and MPs will be pounding the streets looking for support. At this time it is vital that we try and engage as many MPs and parliamentary candidates as possible, and encourage them to visit pharmacies to see, first-hand, the valuable services our sector provides, especially when we can support the many hospitals and GPs facing unprecedented demand.”

The 2015 Community Pharmacy Manifesto, launched in November 2014 by Rt Hon Sir Kevin Barron MP, Chair of the All Party Pharmacy Group, at the House of Commons, calls for politicians to sign up to five key pledges:

– Encourage patients to think ‘pharmacy first’ and use pharmacy to help relieve pressure on GPs and emergency departments=

– Improve patient choice and healthcare by making it easier to commission pharmacy services and backing more national services

– Help improve the public’s health, recognising the accessibility and support community pharmacy can provide

– Enable patients, especially those with long term conditions, to get more from their medicines through better use of community pharmacy

– Help pharmacies to get access to the records, information and support they need to provide more effective and safer care to patients