December 17, 2015, is a date burned into the memories of many of England’s community pharmacists. Seemingly out of the blue, the government announced that it would slash the global sum of pharmacy funding for the sector by 6%.
Ten months, one record-breaking anti-cuts petition and a change of pharmacy minister later, the Department of Health (DH) unveiled its final funding plans for the next two years: the equivalent to a whopping 12% cut to funding between December 2016 and March 2017, with a further 7.4% funding drop (on current levels) the following financial year.
To say that the announcement last month was met unenthusiastically by the sector would be an understatement. The National Pharmacy Association