Crisis talks call over refusal to open pharmacy
5:39pm Wednesday 28th August 2013 in News
AN MP has called for crisis talks after health officials decided not to open a chemist in “one of the most socially disadvantaged communities in Bury.
Bury South MP Ivan Lewis along with Tory and Labour councillors have been campaigning for a pharmacy to open on The Hillock Estate in Whitefield, as the nearest one — The Co-op Pharmacy — is more than a mile away in Elms Square.
A shop unit became available at the corner of Ribble Drive and Mersey Drive and law firm Rushport Advisory applied to open a chemist there.
But, in April, the NHS Bury turned down the application on the grounds that “there is sufficient service provision available to the population of Whitefield”.
Rushport appealed and in a report, their representatives wrote: “There is no pharmacy in Besses Ward. For Hillock residents, the distance to access a pharmacy is considerable and 48 per cent of them don’t have access to a car.”
This week, the Pharmacy’s Appeal Committee snubbed the application and said it was not satisfied the information provided in the application demonstrates people find it hard to access pharmacy services.
The report added: “The committee is not satisfied that granting the application would secure improvements or better access to pharmaceutical services.”
Mr Lewis said: “This decision takes no account of the fact that the Hillock Estate is one of the most socially disadvantaged communities in Bury with significant numbers of older people and young families who want and need access the range of services now available in modern pharmacies.
“It also flies in the face of national policy which recognises pharmacies are crucial in reducing pressure on GP practices and hospital A&E departments.
“The local community, local councillors, a representative of the local health and wellbeing board and myself all backed plans for the new pharmacy because we know its services are desperately needed in the area.
“I will now be writing to the chief executive of Bury Clinical Commissioning Group requesting a meeting as soon as possible to discuss how we can reverse this ill-considered decision and get plans for a pharmacy on the estate back on track.”
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