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Cat M to increase by £10m from April under interim funding arrangement

Simon Dukes: We welcome the £10 million monthly increase in category M prices
Simon Dukes: We welcome the £10 million monthly increase in category M prices

Category M reimbursement prices will increase by £10 million a month from April under interim funding arrangements for 2019-20, PSNC has announced.

Funding for England’s pharmacies will remain at its current level of £2.592 billion on an interim basis, but category M prices will increase "as reductions to recover excess margin...come to an end", the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) said this afternoon (March 8).

Since November, contractors have faced a reduction of 3p in the single activity fee – from £1.29 to £1.26 – and a category M clawback of £10m a month. 

As part of the interim funding arrangements, the number of medicine use reviews (MURs) pharmacies can deliver will be capped at 200 from April 1 to September 30, PSNC said.

Pharmacies will still be able to claim funding under the Pharmacy Access Scheme, but no further Quality Payments Scheme requirements have been set.

"The interim arrangements have been put in place to cover the period from April until negotiations on future pharmacy funding have concluded," PSNC explained this afternoon.

It expects negotiations for the 2019-20 contract to begin "before Easter" and any substantial changes to be agreed and implemented from October.

Steve Brine: Pharmacy's "important" role

Pharmacy minister Steve Brine said he “looks forward to discussions with PSNC on how the community pharmacy contractual framework can support community pharmacy’s further integration into primary care networks, and enable us to better utilise the skill set and reach of pharmacy teams”.

Community pharmacy has “an important role to play” in implementing the NHS long-term plan, he added.

PSNC chief executive Simon Dukes said: “We are pleased that the Department of Health and Social Care (DH) and NHS England expect to be in a position to begin negotiations on community pharmacy shortly.

“We are looking forward to exploring with them developments that will ensure that community pharmacies can play a key part in the developing primary care systems for the benefit of patients.”

What do you make of the interim funding arrangement?

Sue Per, Locum pharmacist

Claw it back faster and in larger amounts, till their reserves built up with underpaying the employee and locum pharmacists, manipulating the volume led contract, coupled with the professional services and possibly fraud, are depleted.

Visit the companies house and check on the accounts of "dispensing chemists" to see the retained profits of all these over the past two decades.!!! Irrefutable evidence is in the open. Such profits accrued at the expense and generosity of the tax payer.!!

N patel , Non Pharmacist Branch Manager

looks like sour grapes....we run a business and we make profits...if you dont like it suck it up buttercup

Sue Per, Locum pharmacist

Not  a level playing field!!

The whip is in your hand, for the moment.......

N O, Pharmaceutical Adviser

Headline News March 2019 -----

""""Category M reimbursement prices will increase by £10 million a month from April """"

Headline News October 2019 ----

"""Category M reimbursement prices CLAWBACK by £20 million a month from November """

So, at the end of the year, we actually stand to lose £60 million, as the Price Consession list grows and vertically integrated companies making the most and leaving the poor, struggling Independents to take the ever increasing cuts !!!

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