I recently spoke to the team at HBF at their strategy day about the state of community pharmacy. As part of preparing for that I was digging through 20 years’ worth of Guild Digest data and the CP2025 Research data.
The Blame Game
It is a really interesting phase of life that pharmacy is going through. There is a huge amount of nervousness in the market at the moment and a lot of discussion about the future of the industry.
What surprises me the most is the different reactions? There are some who feel so helpless; I am concerned for their mental health. There is without doubt significant pain felt by some, who simply cannot see any light at the end of the tunnel. They are seeing their pharmacies go backwards year after year, with rents increasingly unaffordable. There is clear distress.