NPA to hold a day of protest to highlight ‘emergency in community pharmacy’

There is a state of “emergency” across the community pharmacy sector, the National Pharmacy Association (NPA) has warned.

The organisation is holding a day of protest action, called ‘One Day to #SaveOurPharmacies’, on 20 June to draw attention to the sector’s growing crisis.

During the protest, pharmacy teams across the UK are expected to take a range of symbolic actions – such as turning the lights out for a period, asking their
staff to wear black, blacking out windows, using the day to engage with patients, inviting parliamentary candidates and using #saveourpharmacies on social
media – signifying dark times for the beleaguered community pharmacy sector, the NPA said.

The organisation decided to choose 20 June for the protest as it marks the day from which the average pharmacy across the four nations will be “lossmaking
overall.”

“There is typically only enough NHS funding to cover costs for the first three weeks of any month – after which the pharmacy service is effectively subsidised
by the business,” it said.