Support from MP is pharmacy tonic

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A people power bid to save a pharmacy has been given a boost by MP Mark Lancaster.

Astons in Newport Pagnell is one of three small MK pharmacies categorised by the NHS as “essential” because of the service they provide to the community.

But all three are under threat of closure because of a new ruling from the NHS itself.

Health bosses intend to withdraw top-up funding from the government called the Essential Small Pharmacy allowance.

Based on the number of prescriptions handled each month, this allowance was specifically for pharmacies serving small populations sited some distance away from town centres.

Without it the pharmacy owners say they would be forced to operate at a loss.

Under threat locally are Astons, which is on the Poets Estate, Bliep’s in St Mary’s Avenue, Bletchley and Jardines in Puxley Road, Deanshanger.

Last Friday dozens of loyal Astons customers, many of them elderly, walked in the pouring rain to join a Save Our Pharmacy protest.

MP Mark Lancaster received a petition with 1,000 signatures and has pledged to raise the matter with the government.

One customer said: “This pharmacy is unique... I have seen a member of staff sat cuddling an elderly 92-year-old man whop had recently lost his wife. Where else could this happen? What other pharmacy would have the time?.”

“The powers that be have to re-think logically about the impact closure would have.”