LloydsPharmacy’s decision to close all Sainsbury’s branches worries pharmacy bodies

The pharmacy bodies have expressed a deep concern over Lloyds Pharmacy’s announcement on plans to close all pharmacy branches located in Sainsbury’s before
the end of 2023.

Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) Chief Executive Janet Morrison said: “This significant shrinkage by the second largest pharmacy chain is an
extremely worrying development and one of the clearest signals yet of just how much all community pharmacies are struggling to make ends meet. We know that many
are at breaking point.”

She added: “We understand that LloydsPharmacy will be in touch directly with affected staff and patients at this difficult time. As these pharmacies close, other
pharmacies locally will be braced for even more pressures as they try to cope with increased demand.”

“The announcement by LloydsPharmacy will be of concern to staff, patients, the public and the community pharmacy sector alike,” Malcolm Harrison, Chief Executive
of the Company Chemists’ Association (CCA).

Pharmacists, and other employees, working at pharmacies owned and operated by LloydsPharmacy in Sainsbury’s have been told that the group of more than 200 pharmacies
will be closed this year as LloydsPharmacy will be ending their relationship with the supermarket chain.