Pharmacy Services

Part of Health and Social Care – in the House of Commons at on 11 July 2023.

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Photo of Neil O'Brien Neil O'Brien The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

My right hon. Friend is completely correct. That £645 million, of course, comes on top of the £100 million that we have already put in. We have grown the pharmacy workforce hugely—there are 82% more pharmacists now than in 2010—and we are also enabling those people with their high-end skills to do more by reforming regulations. That is not just the blister packs issue; we are enabling them to do convenient things such as hand out bagged medicines even if the pharmacist is not present.