Following the news that Boots have warned of store closures across the UK, Kirsty Williams is seeking clarity over access to pharmacy services if stores in Powys are under threat.
There are seven Boots stores in Powys, including in Brecon, Builth Wells, Crickhowell, Knighton, and Llandrindod Wells. Kirsty has written to Powys teaching Health Board to stress the importance of securing convenient access to pharmacy.
Kirsty Williams, Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for Brecon and Radnorshire, said:
“These are concerning developments and I sympathise with those who may face uncertainty over their jobs.
“The potential closure of Boots stores in Powys will be worrying for communities who rely on them for pharmacy services, particularly in towns where there would be nowhere else to go. Pharmacy plays an important role in keeping people healthy and taking pressure off other services in the NHS.
“I have written to the local health board to establish what plans are in place in the event these closures go ahead, stressing the importance of convenient access to pharmacy. We have limited public transport in Brecon and Radnorshire and I don’t want to see more people facing long journeys in order to access valuable healthcare services.”