Pharmacy bodies respond to Labour Party manifesto promises on community pharmacy

The Labour Party’s election manifesto, unveiled with a focus on bolstering community pharmacy services and enhancing localised healthcare, has sparked
responses from key pharmacy bodies across England.

A standout pledge within the manifesto is the commitment to establish a Community Pharmacist Prescribing Service, aimed at granting more pharmacists independent
prescribing rights.

This initiative is viewed as pivotal in recognising the clinical capabilities of pharmacists and their potential to alleviate pressures within primary care.

Additionally, Labour’s plan advocates for broader healthcare access improvements, including enabling opticians to directly refer patients to specialist services
and expanding self-referral options where suitable.

The manifesto also introduces proposals to trial Neighbourhood Health Centres, designed to consolidate various healthcare services under one roof, such as family
doctors, district nurses, and mental health specialists.