Department of Health written question – answered on 11th September 2017.

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Photo of Jon Ashworth Jon Ashworth Shadow Secretary of State for Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the concentration of high street community pharmacies in different areas of the country; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

40% of community pharmacies are in a cluster where there are three or more pharmacies within ten minutes’ walk. As part of community pharmacy reforms, we have introduced a Pharmacy Access Scheme to protect pharmacies in areas where there are fewer pharmacies and higher health needs, and to ensure no residents in areas will be left without good access to a community pharmacy.

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