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Fuel panic buying: PDA writes to Prime Minister

In response to concerns from members, the PDA has written to the Prime Minister asking him to ensure that fuel supply is prioritised to enable pharmacists, their colleagues, medicines and clinical equipment to reach the pharmacy.

Mon 27th September 2021 The PDA

The PDA has written directly to the Prime Minister, “Boris” Johnson, to highlight the concerns of pharmacists about the consequences of current fuel panic buying and asks him to take effective action to ensure they, their teams and supplies of medicine reach the pharmacy.

The full letter reads:

Dear Prime Minister,

Supporting pharmacy during the fuel crisis.

We are the largest pharmacist membership body and only independent trade union exclusively for the pharmacy profession in the UK. We represent more than 32,000 members working across the health system, including in hospitals, GP practices and community pharmacies.

You will be aware of the current issues regarding fuel. Whether or not there is a national fuel shortage, the fact is many of our members are finding it extremely difficult to source fuel for their vehicles and this puts at risk their ability to attend their workplaces, care for patients and ensure both the safety of and the supply of medicines.

As you will be aware from the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, because some of the other healthcare professions chose to see their patients online, pharmacies became the front line in primary care. Pharmacies were one of the few essential services able to stay fully open providing vital access not only to medicines, but also face to face healthcare advice for patients. As such, pharmacists were considered key workers.

Clearly, the logistical and transportation systems that pharmacies are reliant upon to secure their vital supplies of medicines are also a vital component of the pharmacy service.

We are therefore calling on you as Prime Minister to ensure that the government prioritises fuel provision for healthcare workers to include pharmacists, and for those delivering supplies of medicines and clinical equipment.

We sincerely hope to see supportive action from your government and we thank you in advance for your intervention in this regard.

Yours sincerely.


Mark Koziol M.R.Pharm.S.

PDA Chairman

The Pharmacists' Defence Association is a company limited by guarantee. Registered in England; Company No 4746656.

The Pharmacists' Defence Association is an appointed representative in respect of insurance mediation activities only of
The Pharmacy Insurance Agency Limited which is registered in England and Wales under company number 2591975
and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (Register No 307063)

The PDA Union is recognised by the Certification Officer as an independent trade union.

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