Munira has been fighting to improve pharmacy provision in the Hampton area, following Boots’ decision to close two of the three pharmacies in Hampton – leaving Hampton North without a single pharmacy. With Boots executives having told Munira that the decision was taken for commercial reasons, Munira has called on the Government to address the challenges facing community pharmacies. 

“I know from speaking to local residents that pharmacy closures are a huge concern,” said Munira. “Elderly and vulnerable residents are having to travel further, and pharmacies in neighbouring areas are under increasing pressure, leading to long queues and issues with prescriptions.” 

Local councillors have been working and campaigning on this issue for several months, and Munira has raised the issue in Parliament, as well as with Boots, the NHS and other organisations.  

Munira and the Liberal Democrats are continuing to campaign for a long-term plan for pharmacy services to put them on a sustainable financial footing. In Parliament, Munira called on Health Ministers to review the pressures facing pharmacies in England and assess the impact of pharmacy closures under the Conservative government. 

“The potential of community pharmacies to improve patient health and reduce the pressure on NHS hospitals and GPs is immense,” said Munira. “With GP appointments scarce and other health services stretched beyond breaking point, it’s critical that the Government supports community pharmacies to ensure medicines, clinical services and medical advice can be accessed locally.” 

Munira joined Councillor Carey Bishop at the Tangley Park Sainsbury’s, where many residents raised concerns about the Hampton pharmacy closures.