Lloydspharmacy director Andy Murdock has questioned whether the government sees community pharmacy only as "a spreadsheet exercise" and not as a vital service provider.
Pharmacy director Andy Murdock told C+D in an exclusive interview that the government must be held to account for the latest, controversial deal and learn from the outpouring of anger against it.
His comments came as pharmacists commenting on C+D's website this week continued to vent their dissatisfaction with the 2011-12 contract settlement, which will see contractors face category M clawbacks in three waves from this month.
The response to the deal was the most negative Mr Murdock had seen in his three-decade pharmacy career, and it "sends a strong message to funders that things are now exceedingly tight".
"The outpouring we have seen should be a lesson, as I have never seen anything like that before," he said. "I would like to see if the government wants to continue its relationship with pharmacy.
"Is pharmacy just a spreadsheet exercise at the treasury?"
Sustainability of the sector was at risk, Mr Murdock added. "For any business you have to have confidence for investment and that is hard when that money is being taken away."