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Welsh pharmacists won't escape English cuts, warns CPW

Russell Goodway (left): CPW plans early discussions with governments over cuts

Welsh pharmacists are at risk because of the way their contracts are linked with colleagues in England, according to Community Pharmacy Wales chief executive Russell Goodway

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Welsh pharmacists will not escape the government’s planned cuts to pharmacy funding in England, Community Pharmacy Wales (CPW) has warned.

If the UK government slashes pharmacists' fees and allowances in England as part of the 6% cut, Welsh pharmacists will suffer because the two countries share elements of a contractual framework, chief executive Russell Goodway said.

This will leave the Welsh government searching for another "pot of money" if it wants to maintain pharmacy funding at its current level, he told C+D last week (March 8).

"We will have early discussions with the government to see what the possibilities are," he said.

Welsh government: 2016-17 Funding safe

His warning came after Welsh health minister Mark Drakeford reassured contractors that their funding for the next financial year is safe.

However, it will be up to the next government – chosen during Welsh elections in May – to decide future funding in light of the changes in England, he said.

CPW not part of negotiations

Mr Goodway stressed that he does not know how the 6% cut to the English global sum will be made because CPW is not part of negotiations on the changes.

"The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) deals with that aspect. It's an unknown," he said.

CPW will sit down with contractors in the near future to discuss how the Welsh pharmacy network can “positively respond” to the cuts, he said.

Welsh pharmacies unlikely to close

It is unlikely that the cuts will close many Welsh pharmacies, he said, because unlike in England, the country did not implement the 100-hour exemption for control of market entry. 

But pharmacies could close if they can’t replace lost money by introducing new services, he said.

“There’s certainly not going to be a blank cheque from Welsh government to keep pharmacies open regardless,” he warned.

 

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3 Comments

Harry Tolly, Pharmacist

""""""""  Mr Goodway stressed that he does not know how the 6% cut to the English global sum will be made because CPW is not part of negotiations on the changes. "The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) deals with that aspect. It's an unknown," he said."""""""""""""""""  .........................................................................................................................................................................

 

You couldn't make it up even if you tried. The Welsh , like English contractors and like the rest of the profession TOTALLY in the dark whilst the PSNC does a deal behind closed doors.

 

Is this how public money should be used ? Who benefits and why ? Will the distribution models be shared and should they be ? is this how we want our profession to be funded .... in shady deals behind closed doors with ZERO accountability??

SydBashford Sold&Retired&DeRegistered, Community pharmacist

Stinks. Always has! Totally fed up of all this secretive, non consulting, decisions made on our behalf , behind closed doors. So much for the DOH supposedly consulting all the various pharmacy bodies.....DOH sucks as much as our own PSNC... On another note, I reckon the 6% is an average. Most pharmacies will lose 10% and others that get a pharmacy access scheme payment will lose a smaller percentage. ie establishment pay definatley will go, which will be £25k for most pharmacies near another. 

Harry Tolly, Pharmacist

I wonder if the threatened JR will lift the veil over these dodgy dealings.

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