Community pharmacist in discussion with a patient

Government thanks health staff for their work during pandemic

The Minister of State for Prevention, Public Health and Primary Care Jo Churchill has issued thanks to a range of healthcare professionals for their work during the coronavirus pandemic, including those in general practice and community pharmacy.

Issuing two letters, Ms Churchill expressed the Government’s appreciation for those who have continued on their important healthcare roles supporting patient appointments, primary care functions and medicines delivery.

Addressing community pharmacy, Ms Churchill wrote: “Thank [you] to all community pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and their teams for their work throughout the pandemic.

“The exceptional circumstances we are facing as a country underline the critical role you play in our lives.

“Community pharmacies had to adapt early in response to the pandemic to be able to continue to provide medicines and health advice. A role that is important under normal circumstances, [it has become] of vital importance at this moment.

“I know how hard you have worked to support your communities by ensuring they have continued access to their medicines and health advice. You have done an incredible job. My ministerial colleagues and I remain hugely grateful for the efforts community pharmacy teams continue to make to support us all.”

“It is more important than ever that the NHS works together to ensure all patients can access the services they need as safely as possible – whether they have Covid-19 symptoms or other health needs.”

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