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Average pharmacy will lose £19k over 10 months

Umesh Modi: The loss of income will lead to a tough time for small independents in particular

Pharmacy accountant Umesh Modi predicts the average business will see a "significant loss of income" between June 2016 and March 2017


The average pharmacy in England stands to lose £19,000 over 10 months as a result of funding cuts and a recently announced category M clawback, an accountant has warned.

Umesh Modi, a partner at Silver Levene, predicted that the average pharmacy will see a “significant loss of income” to the tune of around £1,900 per month between June 2016 and March 2017.

The £19,000 total loss will consist of more than £4,000 due to the Department of Health’s plans to reduce category M payments between June and September, and a further £15,000 between October 2016 and March 2017, when the government plans to implement a £170m cut to pharmacy funding in England, he told C+D yesterday (May 16).

"A tough time"

Small independent pharmacies in particular will have a "tough time" over the coming months and may struggle to stay afloat, Mr Modi warned.

However, contractors should avoid making redundancies because most pharmacies already run on “skeleton staff”. Staff losses could reduce their ability to provide a full range of services, he stressed.

Mr Modi advised pharmacists to focus on the “bigger picture” and try to increase their revenue to prepare themselves for the loss of income.

Pharmacists should ensure they reach quotas for medicines use reviews (MURs) and the new medicine service (NMS) payments as well as seasonal services such as travel vaccines, to mitigate the drop in funding, he suggested.

Read C+D's breakdown of the category M clawback here


How will your pharmacy survive a £19,000 loss of income?

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Susan M Shepherd, Community pharmacist

Don't forget that the number you assume is profit is the income to pay for rent, rates, utilities, staff wages and ancilliary costs (NI, sick pay, holiday, pensions etc - all legal obligations for employers), maintenance of the premises, fixtures and fittings, purchase of stock etc.. All of which has to be paid before the NHS pays the contractor.


S Morein, Pharmacy Area manager/ Operations Manager

What nonsense. A small reduction in profits from the extraordinary and unjustified excess that contractors already enjoy. 

Mr Pharmacist!, Pharmaceutical Adviser

Agreed, and Locums should now prepare themselves for an onslaught in wages, because this is where the cuts WILL be mitigated.  Feel sorry for employee pharmacists, dark days ahead!

M Elnemy, Non healthcare professional

Mr Pharmacist...thats just a lie...I am getting £35 per hr on satudays...


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