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To ask the Secretary of State for Health
(1) what assessment he has made of the contribution independent pharmacies make to the provision of access to primary health care; and if he will make a statement;.
(2) what assessment he has made of the likely effects of polyclinics on independent pharmacies.
Primary care trusts (PCTs) are currently talking to local stakeholders, including patients and clinicians, to consider how new general practitioner-led health centre services are best provided to meet local needs and the effect they may have on existing provision. PCTs will continue to ensure there are adequate arrangements in place for patients to access pharmaceutical services.