July 1, 2008

Fears Over Bid for New Chemist

FEARS have been raised about the future of NHS services in a village near Nuneaton if a second chemists is allowed to open.

A planning application has been made to have a chemist shop in New Arley.

Opponents say it could affect the future of the staff employed in the pharmacy at the doctors' surgery in New Arley.

Eddie Smith, chairman of the patients' forum, who lives in Ansley said: "We have a good surgery and pharmacy and we don't want to have to close the pharmacy.

"I have heard that the new chemist would be in Ransome Road some distance from the surgery.

"Sick people would be faced with a long walk from one to the other, whereas today they are in the same building."

North Warwickshire MP Mike O'Brien said: "The NHS pays most of the cost of the drugs and there is of course a profit from the sale of them which has gone to the doctors.

"The problem is that a new chemist affects the viability of the doctors' surgeries."

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