Nearly two MILLION sign petition against pharmacy cuts – the NHS this week

Sentinel News

pharmacyBy Richard Grimes

Privatisation

Pathology services at Princess Royal University Hospital will be moved to Kings College Hospital and run by Viapath, a company jointly owned by Serco and Kings College NHS Trust, effectively part-privatising the service.

Two Reading GP practices have been taken over by OneMedicalGroup.

Closures

The Kentmere Unit, a mental health ward at Westmorland General Hospital in Kendal, will shut next month. The trust says that the closure is “temporary” while they consider “alternative options”.

A GP practice in Melton Mowbray has had to stop some community-based services for the elderly due to CCG funding cuts. Patients will now have to travel to Leicester, Loughborough or Oakham to receive the services.

Campaigns

A petition signed by 1.8 million people has been delivered to Downing Street in protest at plans by the government to cut the community pharmacy budget by £170m which could potentially close 3,000 pharmacies across…

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