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Pharmacy's funding 'package' to come into force in December

PSNC has re-entered negotiations with the DH

The government will announce its funding "package" for community pharmacy in England in mid-October, to be implemented in December, C+D has learned.

In its letter breaking the news to pharmacy stakeholders, the Department of Health (DH) also confirmed that its funding negotiations would conclude at the end of this month, the National Pharmacy Association (NPA) told C+D.

The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) confirmed it had been invited by the DH to re-enter negotiations, and chief executive Sue Sharpe said the negotiator is looking to the government to take a “new approach”.

NPA chairman Ian Strachan questioned how a “few weeks’ notice” was “adequate time” for the pharmacy sector to prepare for the changes.

“In what sense is a brief negotiation behind closed doors the ongoing dialogue we were promised just days ago?” Mr Strachan asked.

Pharmacy minister David Mowat should open a “genuine dialogue” with the sector about the way forward, added Mr Strachan, who stressed the NPA would write to health secretary Jeremy Hunt and his ministers asking for “urgent assurances”.

Although the government confirmed the cuts announcement would be delayed last week, Mr Mowat made it clear at a PSNC event two days later that community pharmacy should not expect to escape efficiency savings. 

9 Comments
Question: 
Should David Mowat take more time to consider the cuts?

Kirit Shah, Community pharmacist

Why does PSNC ,NPA and other pharmacy bodies let us know what they actually want so we can all see what was agreed with the DOH?

Bharat Borkhataria, Community pharmacist

Another last meal before the chop    whoppie !!!!

S Morein, Pharmacy Area manager/ Operations Manager

More excess profits for contractors and extraordinary goodwill values. The usual suspects will whine, and then disappear to Range Rover to buy their new car

Simon MEDLEY, Community pharmacist

This government are inept and just make stuff up as they go along.

 

Valentine Trodd, Community pharmacist

Guess I won't be getting a pay rise this year then!

Pupinder Ghatora, Pharmacy owner/ Proprietor

Early Christmas Present!  T***ers!

Myke Kofi, Locum pharmacist

Let's hope the PSNC can negotiate a "fair and equitable" deal for pharmacy. 

Valentine Trodd, Community pharmacist

That would be a first then!

Not-So-Lucky Ex-Locum, Superintendent Pharmacist

Brace yourselves chaps! We could be in for a bumpy ride.......

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