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Up to half of enhanced services face cuts, says PCT adviser

As many as half of enhanced services could face cuts as NHS reforms take shape, a PCT adviser has warned.

As many as half of enhanced services could face cuts as NHS reforms take shape, a PCT adviser has warned. And the cuts could see pharmacies losing as much as £25,000 worth of annual income, others warned. Industry leaders agreed services would be at risk as trusts looked to save costs, with Hemant Patel, North-East London LPC secretary,saying: "It will come down to how much it's costing them and the will of somebody [at the PCT]." "We must remember PCTs are not democratic organisations and they will try to get away with as much as they can," he added. The comments followed the news that Doncaster PCT had cut its pharmacy quality and outcomes framework (QOF) last week. Doncaster LPC secretary Nick Hunter remained sceptical over pharmacy's power to influence commissioning, saying that decisions would come down to "cold, hard cash". Mr Hunter told C+D: "PCTs are decommissioning services up and down the country without consideration – they just don't have the money."

Poll

If the pharmacy funding cuts go ahead in England, what do you believe is most likely to happen in your pharmacy?
I will lose my job
19%
I will keep my job but will look at opportunities outside community pharmacy
27%
The extra pressure will affect the services I offer patients
48%
The cuts will not affect my pharmacy
6%
Total votes: 52