Pharmacy closure Skyrockets:177 businesses closed this year, warns NPA

The UK has witnessed a nearly 50 percent increase in pharmacy closures this year compared to the same period in 2023, which was already considered the
worst year in recent memory.

A new analysis by the National Pharmacy Association (NPA) revealed that 177 pharmacies closed their doors between January and April 2024, compared to 116 in the
same period last year. This is the equivalent of 10 local pharmacies shutting down every week.

Analysis of NHS figures by the NPA showed that 403 pharmacies closed their doors last year, nearly five times higher than the number that closed in 2022.
Since 2017, over 1,400 pharmacies have shut down across the UK.

Rising costs and declining real terms funding have led to the fastest rate of closures in decades, said the NPA, highlighting that “real terms funding has
decreased by 40 per cent over the last decade.”