Petitions — Community Pharmacies

– in the House of Commons at 8:11 pm on 20th May 2003.

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Photo of Richard Burden Richard Burden Labour, Birmingham, Northfield 8:11 pm, 20th May 2003

Like several other hon. Members, I have a petition concerning community pharmacies. It is from the users of Knights pharmacy, Longbridge, Birmingham and other concerned residents. It contains more than 800 signatures and it reads:

We declare that the proposals of the Office of Fair Trading to allow unrestricted opening of pharmacies able to dispense NHS prescriptions would result in a decline in the availability and quality of local healthcare currently provided from community pharmacies.

The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to reject these proposals by the Office of Fair Trading and promote the NHS pharmacy plan to encourage and support local community pharmacies.

To lie upon the Table.

Photo of John Bercow John Bercow Conservative, Buckingham 8:12 pm, 20th May 2003

Further to the petition that has just been presented by Richard Burden, I should like to present a petition on the same subject on behalf of no fewer than 2,280 of my Buckingham constituents.

The petition declares that

Proposals to allow the unrestricted opening of pharmacies able to dispense NHS prescriptions would undermine the excellent service currently provided by community pharmacists.

The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons should reject such proposals in the interests of the best possible service to the public.

To lie upon the Table.