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Pharmacy bodies pushed to 'breaking point' to reach deadline

NPA board member Mike Hewitson gives an inside view on the funding consultation

Pharmacy bodies were pushed to "breaking point" trying to reach the original March 24 deadline for the government's consultation on funding cuts, National Pharmacy Association (NPA) board member Mike Hewitson has said.

“As far as I’m concerned, the whole process has been clunky – shoddy, almost,” he told C+D this week.

The government extended the consultation deadline by two months earlier this week.

Mr Hewitson cited the original tight timeframe as a major cause of stress, and accused the DH of having a “lack of appreciation for how the sector works”. 

“People who understand workplace pressures will see these as catastrophic cuts,” he said.

“There is a need now for the sector to have a new relationship with the government. They missed opportunities to do things differently by using community pharmacy more. They don’t understand what we do.”

However, Mr Hewitson said one positive outcome from the government proposals is the united front the sector has displayed in response.


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