Layer 1

PSNC vows to fight ‘profoundly stupid’ 6% funding cut

Sue Sharpe: Pharmacists should not take on more work until government commits more money

Chief executive Sue Sharpe has slammed the government's “ill thought-out” cut, but warned pharmacists against going on strike

The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) will not accept the government’s 6% funding cut “without a fight”, chief executive Sue Sharpe has vowed.

It was “profoundly stupid” of the government to expect England’s community pharmacists to deliver a more clinical service on less money, Ms Sharpe said yesterday (February 15).

She pledged to use PSNC’s clinical vision for the sector, released last week, to argue against the cuts.

“This is a bigger threat to community pharmacy than we’ve ever had before. We’ve got to rise up and talk about our value,” she said in a video link to the Sigma conference in Jamaica. 

Pharmacists should not take on more work until the government revealed its full funding plans, she told delegates.

“We need to see much more commitment to the sector before we can responsibly tell people to start investing more,” she said.

Warning against strike action

Ms Sharpe also warned pharmacists against withdrawing free services or going on strike in protest at the cuts. “Why would we [do something] that could lose the support of people who depend on us?” she asked.

PSNC chief financial officer Mike Dent revealed that the organisation’s negotiating committee holds weekly meetings to develop a strategy to fight the cuts. There is also a “huge degree of collaboration” between the pharmacy bodies, he said.

The cuts will be particularly damaging because they will coincide with a potential category M clawback and the introduction of the national living wage in April, he added.

It is “unwise” to assume there will be more cuts of this magnitude, but there may be smaller funding drops next year, he warned.


What do you think of PSNC's response to the cuts?

We want to hear your views, but please express them in the spirit of a constructive, professional debate. For more information about what this means, please click here to see our community principles and information


Sami Khaderia, Non healthcare professional

If you are not content with the funding....I am sure you know where the door is....last week someone mentioned 30% gross profit..wake up n smell the coffee......there are ppl willing to operate with a 20% margin..saving tax payers millions.....its called bssiness...

Paul Dishman, Pharmaceutical Adviser

The PSNC should simply walk out of talks and have a non-co-operation policy with Keith Ridge and the rest of the government lackeys

Farm Assistant, Community pharmacist

So the PSNC will not accept the government's funding cut "without a fight". Wow, now I can sleep peacefully at night knowing that everything is going to be just fine. I bet the government side are quaking in their boots thinking about the impending attack by a dead badger.

Arun Bains, Community pharmacist

Two pharmacies from the same multiple within a stones throw of each other, multiple pharmacies on the same street, unnecessary and target driven MURs/NMSs, short staffing, no career progession, over promising and under providing, lack of effective clinical knowledge.... Have we as a profession bought this upon ourselves?


Sami Khaderia, Non healthcare professional

soln.......remove establishment payment and practice fee...n open the market...

THB _B, Community pharmacist

Cool. Force those multiples to sell one of their stores to independents. Problem solved.

Nalin Shah, Community pharmacist

remember we  subsidise a lot of lines which are not on zero discount list,.

but for which there still is a claw back.


Sami Khaderia, Non healthcare professional

Just had a fax for co-danthramer suspension   3 x 300ml



tariff is £144 for 300ml x 3 = £432


purchased for £90 x 3  £270

minus claw back = £119 for labelling 3 bottles....2 minutes MAX..come on guys....its not that bad...

Simon MEDLEY, Community pharmacist

Did you not contact the prescriber and let them know how expensive it was and use your skills to suggest an alternative ?

Chandra Nathwani, Community pharmacist

Lucky guy!

Just had 2 x scripts for Prostap 11.25 with nil discount. Product not in ZD list. Loss £45!

Do you want to share your loot with my loss?

Guess probably not.

Crazy Chemist, Community pharmacist

And how often do you get these scripts? And how much does it cost to run the pharmacy per hour, all the staff training, insurance, delivery driver and van? You make 144 every 2 mins all the time?? How much do you make on your branded meds? Seretide Evo? A loss? You are a troll on this site and should be shut down.

London Locum, Locum pharmacist

Well for starters get rid of free delivery. Part of the problem in the first place

Sami Khaderia, Non healthcare professional

LOL never happen!!

Nailesh Patel, Community pharmacist

just dispensed 4 x 28 liothyrinone @198.62 x 4 = 794.48

lost 80 quid after clawback for the (dis)pleasure of sticking four labels on


al swings and roundabouts.....alll swings and roundabouts


waiting eagerly for the next seretide rx to make my day

Milan Amin, Superintendent Pharmacist

It's a pity you didn't try drinking the three bottles of what seems to be brain juice in your instance.

Sami Khaderia, Non healthcare professional

Amin...dave cameron said we all in it togther..lets help fund Gp practices...its not the end of the world..wheres your compassion...

Barry Pharmacist, Community pharmacist

You make an argument to better manage the drug tariff - that's the job of the DH and illustrates how they are pathetic at doing what they are supposed to do. It is not an argument for 6% cut across the board. 

Dave Downham, Manager

Don't bite, you'll just encourage him.

Sami Khaderia, Non healthcare professional

Davey me lad...if you dont like the funding, sell up !!

Dave Downham, Manager


Sami Khaderia, Non healthcare professional

LOL.......take some nytol.....

Sami Khaderia, Non healthcare professional

1. It isnt stupid to have 6% cuts as pharmacies will still remain open...Should be much more......15/20%.....and plough the money saved into GP practices...

2. Pharmacies will never strike............

Job of the week

Pharmacy Manager
East Lothian
Excellent salary package