DDA members are asked to read the main political parties’ manifestos, which were published this week.
Members may notice pledges in the Labour and Conservative manifestos to boost the rural pharmacy network.
It is the DDA’s position that the current provision of pharmaceutical services in rural areas should not be altered. “What is being suggested could lead to dispensing practices closing as a result of the state intervention proposed,” says DDA chairman Dr Richard West.
The DDA will write to the main party leaders, and will remind the Labour party of its support for rural dispensing practices in 2008.
Practices are urged to engage with their local election candidates and should ask the Labour candidate to support their local dispensing practices.
Local election candidates’ names and contact details are available online
The DDA has also published template resources, including practice and patient letters for their election candidates.