National Pharmacy Association

17th July 2017
Anne Main MP has met with the National Pharmacy Association (NPA) to discuss the future of the pharmacy industry, and the greater role that they can play in patient care.
The meeting came only weeks after Mrs Main raised the future of pharmacies in the House of Commons, calling for better integration with the NHS and a more ‘visionary’ approach. 
The NPA, who are based on St Peters Street in St Albans town centre, welcomed the MP to their offices to discuss the benefits of accessible, locally-based healthcare and the importance of face-to-face relationships between patients and health professionals.  
‘We had a good discussion about the future, and it’s clear that the pharmacies want a greater role in health provision,’ said Anne.
‘During the debate on pharmacies that I led back in January I said that we have a duty to continuously challenge the old models of health delivery systems.  Pharmacies want to step-up and use their considerable expertise to integrate much more into the health service.
‘The NPA will be critical in working with its members to find a way forward, and I will do all I can to facilitate a healthy dialogue in parliament. There are many ways forward such as the ways in which pharmacies may help with dementia services, and an increased focus on the elderly.  
‘By speaking with a clear and coherent voice, the NPA are well-placed to work with government about how best to implement changes and have a more integrated service.  We need to see what works best, what is deliverable and what gets the best bang for the NHS buck.’
Anne meets with National Pharmacy Association

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