BIG PIC­TURE

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The de­ci­sion to stop re­peat pre­scrip­tions be­ing or­dered through com­mu­nity phar­ma­cies is one taken by East­ern Cheshire CCG (Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group) – not by phar­ma­cists.

Or­der­ing pre­scrip­tions on be­half of our patients was a ser­vice pro­vided by com­mu­nity phar­ma­cies free of charge in an at­tempt to help make reg­u­lar re­peat medicines more eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble, while at the same time giv­ing patients in­creased ac­cess to a health­care pro­fes­sional.

We un­der­stand peo­ple are busy, and with phar­macy open­ing hours and ac­ces­si­bil­ity, this in-turn gave patients a choice.

As we move to this new sys­tem phar­ma­cists re­main com­mit­ted to pa­tient safety and re­duc­ing medicines wastage, and we will con­tinue to do all we can to sup­port our patients.

We be­lieve that it is also im­por­tant to high­light that phar­ma­cists of­fer the Medicines Use Re­view (MUR) and New Medicines Ser­vice (NMS), both free ser­vices to the pa­tient, which the NHS sees as im­por­tant ways of help­ing patients un­der­stand and get the most out of their medicines.

Many phar­ma­cies also of­fer a range of lo­cal ser­vices too. Lee Wil­liams (On be­half of Com­mu­nity Phar­macy Cheshire and Wirral) THIS year in Mac­cles­field isn’t shap­ing up too well so far.

Lo­cal school bud­gets are to be trashed as Cheshire East se­cures the worst ed­u­ca­tion fund­ing deal in the coun­try, far­ing far worse than Con­ser­va­tive-con­trolled au­thor­i­ties in the south of Eng­land, where most of the Cab­i­net live.

Un­like Sur­rey we won’t en­joy a so­cial care ‘sweet­heart’ deal ei­ther.

We face a £4.7m so­cial care deficit plus fur­ther cuts, mak­ing it even harder to free up hos­pi­tal beds.

We could af­ford de­cent pub­lic ser­vices, de­spite an age­ing pop­u­la­tion, if the 19 mil­lion peo­ple iden­ti­fied by Rown­tree Foun­da­tion re­search as be­low the ‘Min­i­mum In­come Stan­dard’ earned enough to pay a bit more tax.

At, for ex­am­ple £17,900 for a sin­gle per­son in rented ac­com­mo­da­tion, this stan­dard does not equate to a king’s ran­som.

Younger read­ers may not re­alise that these are 30-year-old chick­ens com­ing home to roost.

As in Ger­many and else­where, some of us in this coun­try thought it was a bad idea to let too many well-paid man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try jobs go.

Con­ser­va­tive tax cuts, funded by sell­ing, but not re­plac­ing coun­cil houses – and by botched pri­vati­sa­tions now yield­ing de­cent prof­its for com­pa­nies largely owned by tax­pay­ers from other coun­tries – won elec­tions then, but we pay the price to­day.

Pen­sion funds in ‘sur­plus’ then, and deficit now, were raided to pay share­holder div­i­dends.

Older peo­ple are not di­rectly to blame for the prob­lems the young face to­day, but the gov­ern­ments which they elected are – and the next gen­er­a­tion of chick­ens are al­ready in­cu­bat­ing in the ‘hard Brexit hatch­ery’.

This week’s Big Pic­ture of a kingWsher was taken by Si­mon OldWeld. Email your im­ages to mac­clesWeld­ex­press@men­media. co.uk or upload them to our Flickr page at flickr.com/groups/mac­cpics. We’ll print the best ones

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