Many High Street pharmacies in England face closure, says minister

Thousands of High Street pharmacies in England face closure following plans to cut NHS funding by £170m, according to Health Minister Alistair Burt. Department of Health officials argue that in some parts of the country there are more pharmacies than needed. But the Royal Pharmaceutical Society says this could put more pressure on GPs and accident and emergency departments. Discussions on the proposals will continue until March. Official estimates suggest an average community pharmacy, as opposed to one within a hospital, receives about £220,000 in NHS funding each year. But according to the Department of Health, funding for these pharmacies is set to fall from £2.8bn to £2.63bn from October

Diabetes: Government and NHS too slow to act, say MPs

MPs have criticised the Department of Health and the NHS in England for being "too slow" to act in preventing and treating diabetes. A report by the Public Accounts Committee says variations in the care of both type 1 and 2 diabetes mean the annual cost to the health service will continue to rise. For people aged 16 and over the bill currently stands at £5.5bn a year. An NHS England spokesman said "diabetes care [was] better than ever". But he also said the obesity-fuelled jump in type 2 diabetes threatened to "overwhelm GP services". "...[It] puts the spotlight firmly on the need for no-holds-barred national action on prevention by the NHS, government, employers, schools, and in particular

Junior doctors' dispute: Talks resuming in bid to stop strikes

Talks aimed at avoiding further NHS strikes in England are due to resume later, amid warnings the government could impose its controversial new contract on junior doctors. The British Medical Association (BMA) and the government are to begin two days of talks at 10:00 GMT, the conciliation service Acas said. The dispute is over weekend pay, career progression, and fears of overworking. A 48-hour walkout will start on 26 January if no agreement is found. Junior doctors returned to work at 08:00 GMT on Wednesday following the end of their first 24-hour walkout, which led to the cancellation of about 3,300 operations. Two further strikes are planned, the second of which - on 10 February - would

Dental care in England 'Third World'

Standards of NHS dental care in England have been likened to a "Third World" service, by dentists. The care, already "unfit for purpose", is becoming even worse, a letter signed by 400 dentists, in the Daily Telegraph newspaper, adds. It says the creation by international charity Dentaid of a service for vulnerable patients in West Yorkshire is a sign of the mounting problems. NHS England said services were improving. An NHS England spokeswoman said: "These claims are wrong - more patients are getting the dental care they need, and 93% of people got an NHS dental appointment when they wanted one in the last 24 months." The letter urges ministers to be "fully open and transparent" about the l

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Yew Tree Pharmacy

Yew Tree Pharmacy, 20 Redwood Road, Yew Tree Estate, Walsall, West Midlands, WS5 4LB.

Tel: (01922) 62 6918 
Fax: (01922) 63 7542 

Opening Times:

Monday to Friday 9:00am to 6:00pm;

Saturday 9:00am to 1:00pm;

Sunday Closed;

Open Over Lunch

Bank Holidays 2020

Aug 31 - Closed
Dec 25 - Closed
Dec 28 - Closed

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