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Revealed: Financial pressures on pharmacy owners in England in 2019

Some 72% of contractors reduced their own pay over the last year
Some 72% of contractors reduced their own pay over the last year

Almost all pharmacy contractors in England have been forced to make financial cutbacks this year, according to the C+D Salary Survey 2019

Contractors took measures ranging from closing or selling a pharmacy (13% of respondents) to withholding staff pay rises (61%) this year to help their businesses survive ongoing funding issues.

C+D's infographic illustrates how pharmacy owners in England are coping with the huge financial challenges facing the sector.

The survey received data from 46 contractors in England from October 1 to November 14.

Read about contractors' personal income drop here

The C+D Salary Survey 2019 – the largest UK survey of community pharmacy, and the biggest in the survey's 12-year history – ran between October 1 and November 14 and was completed by a total of 2,556 pharmacists and pharmacy staff. C+D's ongoing coverage from the survey can be found on our dedicated hub.

The number of contractor respondents from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland was too small for C+D to conduct a similar analysis in these three countries.

Has your pharmacy made financial cutbacks?

geoffrey gardener, Community pharmacist

Dont really think you can read too much into such a small number of respondents. Pharmacies continue to sell for eye watering sums of money, whilst many still offer a free prescription delivery service. This doesnt paint a picture of a profession in crisis, quite the opposite.

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