Don Foster MP*


Community Pharmacists Announcement Merely A Reprieve
Bath's MP, Don Foster, whilst bidding a cautious welcome to the DTI's statement on community pharmacies today has joined his Lib Dem colleagues in calling for the Government to fill in the many gaps that still remain over the future of the community pharmacy.

Main ImageCommenting, Don said,

"Until we get more answers from the Government about the small print of its plans, this statement is merely a reprieve for the community pharmacist and not the all out victory that it may first appear."

"While I obviously welcome the fact that the DTI is not planning to introduce full deregulation in the near future today's statement makes it clear that a deregulated system is the still the Government's endgame, albeit in three years time and albeit after the next election.

"The Government claims that its proposals will support the needs of small business, and yet in the same breath it is admitting that larger shopping developments [over 15,000mē] will be exempt from the entry requirements that are imposed on the smaller community pharmacist.

"It is simply deplorable that Government has slipped out such an important statement as this on the day before Parliament goes on recess. At the very least it should have been an oral statement, and the fact that it isn't should send alarm bells ringing."

"As far as we're concerned - the campaign continues!"

Published by Bath Liberal Democrats, 31 James St West, Bath, BA1 2BT. Printed and hosted by JPC Infonet, 2 St Georges Works, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, BA14 8AA _blank

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