Four Issues in Tonight’s DriveTime
1. Focus on Pharmacies
There is a total of 26 pharmacies in the St Albans District area; up to 9 (a third) of those could close. Government believes there are too many pharmacies; it is cutting the payments made to pharmacies for dispensing our prescriptions. Overall the cuts are 5% in DEC and a further 4% in APR; that’s an average. For individual pharmacies it’s much greater. 16% in DEC and a further 8% in APR. Local independent pharmacies hurt more than pharmacies in supermarkets/ multiple chains.
· Protected Status – 1 mile; too arbitrary; need to a more holistic approach;
· Services rather than simply dispensing
· Essential Local Service
Write to your local MP and to your District Councillor – https://www.writetothem.com/ .
2. New Road to Watford General Hospital
Getting to Watford Hospital has always been a pain; much easier with new road opening NOV 16. Goes from Bushey Arches right up to Hospital Car Parks. Makes it much easier from the south; but does help us here in St Albans. Tommy Sawyer Way; named after Capt Tommy Sawyer who was killed in Afghanistan
Strategic Review outcome:
· Renovate and re-build Watford (acute and A&E);
· Planned care at St Albans;
· Hemel Hempstead healthcare provision is being re-designed around a new hub.
Decisions made – but little detail on the plan. Date for your diary – NOV 30; 7:00 pm at the Civic Centre; the Future for St Albans City Hospital; in conjunction with the St Albans & District Council.
4. Flu Jabs
A final reminder – Surgeries are running their last flu jab clinics; if you’re eligible get yours done now.