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22/09/2021

Derry councillor tables motion in support of Community Pharmacy NI to address under-funding

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SDLP Group Leader on Derry City and Strabane District Council Councillor Martin Reilly has tabled a motion in support of the Community Pharmacy NI's ongoing campaign to address the under-funding of this network by the Department of Health. Speaking ahead of Thursday afternoon’s debate Cllr Reilly said: “Each day on average some 123,000 people visit a Community Pharmacy- a network that is dealing with continued under-funding of £20 million per year. "This situation of pharmacies 'dispensing at a loss’ is not sustainable, therefore, I am calling on the Secretary of State and the Department of Health to urgently address these concerns. "If passed, this resolution will be circulated to Council’s across Northern Ireland to build up support for this campaign across local government as a means of demonstrating to decision-makers that there is political will across our cities, towns and rural areas for positive action for this sector which plays such an important role in delivering frontline healthcare to our population.”

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