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Warning that funding cuts could close small pharmacies

NHS funding for community pharmacies will be cut by £113 million in December. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Pharmacists are warning that government funding cuts could mean some smaller outlets are forced to close while others will have to cut back on their services.

From 1 December NHS funding for community pharmacies will be cut by £113 million, meaning they'll lose 12% of their budget.

In April 2017, it'll be cut by a further £208 million - a further 3.4% cut for pharmacies.

Pharmacists say the cuts will mean closure for some chemists but the Department for Health say the plans are designed to reward the best pharmacies.

Department for Health say the plans are designed to reward the best pharmacies. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"These vital reforms will protect access for payments, properly reward quality for the first time and far better integrate care with GP and other services.

"This is what the NHS needs, what patients expect and I believe what the vast majority of community pharmacists are keen to deliver."

– DAVID MOWAT MP, HEALTH MINISTER

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Chloe Keedy

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Trust facing more criticism

A lack of access to care has been highlighted Credit: PA

Staff and patients have criticised the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, saying it's too difficult for people with mental illnesses to get access to care. The trust has to make £40 million worth of savings and has cut the workforce by 400 posts.

The new Chief Executive takes over next week. The trust admits there is an issue with access in Norfolk but says it's working to rectify problems.

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