So we applied for the fact that we are in
a pocket of deprivation and they’ve rejected us saying that they can’t make rules for one
and not for the other pharmacies. We clearly showed them that we are in a deprived area
but it’s a pocket of deprivation and they refused on those grounds. I think we should
be valued, we’ve put a lot of effort into our pharmacies and we’d like them to recognise
that we are worthy of the funding. I’m thinking of what to do next now. They’ve said that
I can again go through the appeal process via physical anomaly so I’m looking at that.
We’re not in a clustered area. They expect a patient to be able to walk to the nearest
pharmacy, five-minute walk, well they can’t. The nearest pharmacy is a good 15-20 minute
walk away. For an elderly patient who has to cross roundabouts and streets to get there,
it’s not going to be achievable in 10-15 minutes as they’ve said. Independents should be proactive and give
them the outcomes, I can give them outcomes. We are doing things positively. We are reducing
smoking rates, the emergency hormonal contraception (EHC), people living healthily with diabetes.
So we’re thinking of doing some other things, get the healthy living pharmacy (HLP) really
off the ground get people involved; go to schools; go to community centres and make
aware of what pharmacies can do and hopefully that should get people coming back to us.