Bradford MP, David Ward visited a local pharmacy to help promote the Pharmacy Manifesto which aims to introduce measures to help reduce pressure on busy GP surgeries and local A&E departments in Bradford.
David visited the Fagley Road Pharmacy in order to hear more from local Pharmacist Mohammed Ikhlaq, on why he is seeking to promote the aims of the Pharmacy Manifesto. Launched in December 2014, the Manifesto is seeking to introduce simple and cost effective measures which will help treat people quickly and in their own homes and stop them having to go to the GP or A&E departments for treatment.
Community pharmacies should be at the heart of the health support services dealing with common ailments such as coughs and colds, long-term conditions and public health challenges including smoking, alcohol and obesity. Pharmacies now need change to enable community pharmacies to expand their role in improving patient experience and outcomes as part of a more sustainable health service.
The manifesto urges all political parties to sign up to the following five pledges:
- We will encourage patients to think pharmacy first and help relieve pressure on GPs and at A&E departments.
- We will improve patient choice and healthcare by making it easier to commission pharmacy services.
- We will back community pharmacy in its role as an accessible and valued partner in the delivery of better public health.
- We will enable patients, especially those with long term conditions, to make better use of medicines through better use of community pharmacy.
- We will support pharmacies to get access to the records and information they need to support patients.
Commenting on his visit David Ward MP said:
“It’s absolutely fantastic that we have some great local pharmacies like Fagley Road that serve the local community. It was interesting to hear that local pharmacists can and want to do more for local people as the first line of defence against ill health.
“Pharmacists have to have almost as much training as doctors so they are an extremely valuable resource who are not currently being utilised as they might be.
“That’s why I’m very pleased to be supporting the Pharmacy Manifesto which would introduce some very quick and effective measures to help increase support to local people, fighting ill health without the need to necessarily go to the GP or A&E.
You can visit the Pharmacy Manifesto site at http://pharmacymanifesto.com/