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Community Pharmacies

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:16 pm on 2nd November 2016.

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Photo of David Mowat David Mowat The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health 1:16 pm, 2nd November 2016

I want to continue.

The third area I wish to address is value for money, and I make no apology for doing this. According to recent OECD analysis, the UK now spends above the OECD average on healthcare, but however much money we spend, every penny needs to be spent as efficiently as possible. If that does not happen, waiting lists can become too long, treatments can be denied to patients and drugs might not be available. We also know that efficiency savings are required of every part of the NHS, and community pharmacy must play a role in contributing to the £22 billion of savings that we need to find. I do not apologise for that.