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PSNC chief: More closures ‘inevitable’ if no funding increase by 2024

Simon Dukes: It is "appalling" that a key part of healthcare is being run with inadequate funding
Simon Dukes: It is "appalling" that a key part of healthcare is being run with inadequate funding

Further pharmacy closures will be “inevitable” if funding for the sector is not addressed by the end of the five-year contract, PSNC's chief executive has told C+D.

Many pharmacy owners are forgoing salaries and are using personal savings and pensions to help fund their businesses, the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) chief executive Simon Dukes told C+D in an exclusive podcast interview on Wednesday (January 20).

“That’s clearly not sustainable,” he stressed. “It is appalling that a key part of healthcare for this country is having to be run on that basis.”

If the government does not increase the sector’s funding by the end of the five-year contract, “perhaps a number of pharmacies will decide they've had enough”, and “close their doors for good”, he warned.

Earlier this week, Mr Dukes revealed that more than 200 pharmacies in England had closed as of October last year, which he branded “nonsensical” during a pandemic.

When asked what tangible financial support he would like to see for the sector, Mr Dukes said pharmacies needed an agreement that the requirement to repay the £370 million advance payment – announced during the first national lockdown last year – will be waived.

He also would like to see help with COVID-related costs, Mr Dukes added.

Listen to the podcast to find out more about:

  • PSNC’s proposals for a “wider” COVID vaccination programme
  • The battle for pharmacy to be seen as part of the “NHS family”
  • Whether he thinks pharmacy’s role in the pandemic will help change government and policy makers’ opinions on the sector

Have any pharmacies closed in your area during the past year?

Reeyah H, Community pharmacist

Frankly, it's 'appalling' that PSNC just can't get their job done! 

Dave Downham, Manager

He's doing a darn side better than the previous incumbent in his role.

Meera Sharma, Pharmacy owner/ Proprietor

Why do we have to compare with a previous underperformer instead of comparing with those who do well in their jobs? Why is it that as a sector we cannot accept that we deserve better????

Meera Sharma, Pharmacy owner/ Proprietor

What is going on here with all these articles, a PR stunt by Mr Dukes to try and gain contractor support? Is he worried about his job and the fact that he has not delivered on anything? Who is managing him? I bet the same incompetent crowed  that have been on PSNC for years and whose retirement is long overdue!!!

Ashley Pharmacist , Pharmacy owner/ Proprietor

Looks like a PR stunt. At the end of the day it is what he achieves that matters not what he says. 

Axed Locum, Locum pharmacist

Ongoing disingenious rheteoric spanning since 2015, and only a mere 200 have closed during this period.The smaller "Independent"chains have been expanding.They can't be fools, and banks wouldn't be ready and willing to lend money to the sector if it was in a financial precarious state.

Keep on pleading hardship and poverty, and the fools at DOH will capitulate.

Benie Locum, Locum pharmacist

You can't take this profession seriously when 'professionals' continually lie to each other. Multiples will make up silly unreachable targets to deny bonuses and suppress pay. Independents will plead poverty to maintain 2005 salary levels.

 I only feel sorry for the youngsters newly enrolled on to this debacle.

Snake Plissken, Student

Read another article here earlier this week stating there’s huge demand for pharmacies so why would they be closing?

(No longer work in community pharmacy so would be interesting to know exactly what’s going on)



SydBashford Sold&Retired&DeRegistered, Community pharmacist

75% were 1st time registering interests ..... naive and don't know the current profit levels...

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