Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell on Tuesday said his preference is to “bring pharmaceutical provision in house”. (Photo by Richard Martin-Roberts/Getty Images)

Labour party has no plans to bring community pharmacies into public ownership, an official source confirmed to the National Pharmacy Association (NPA).

The clarification is following the Tuesday’s radio interview of Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, in which he said his preference is to “bring pharmaceutical provision in house”.

According to NPA, the party now clarified that this was a reference to hospital pharmacies run by private companies, not community pharmacies.

“We also took the opportunity to remind Labour that many pharmacies are family-owned small to medium-sized businesses, providing vital NHS services and employing between them thousands of people. As such, they combine a deeply felt public service ethos with the responsiveness and innovation typically associated with private enterprise,” the NPA statement read.

NPA assured pharmacists that the association will continue its constructive dialogues with politicians from all parties including the Labour front bench team during and beyond the General Election.

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