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Readers reject PDA’s pharmacy merger proposals

Mark Koziol: Merging pharmacists could free up capacity to deliver services

Respondents to a C+D poll were unconvinced by PDA chair Mark Koziol's suggestion to merge businesses to reduce the effect of funding cuts

EXCLUSIVE

Three quarters of readers have rejected the Pharmacists’ Defence Association’s (PDA) suggestion that pharmacies should consider merging to combat the government’s funding cuts.

In a C+D poll that ran between March 30 and April 4, 76% of 105 respondents said they would not consider merging.

The remainder backed the suggestion, outlined by PDA chair Mark Koziol, as a way to protect businesses from the government’s accusation that there are “more pharmacies than necessary”. 

Mr Koziol told C+D last month that maintaining the capacity of two or three pharmacists in the same location could facilitate the development of a range of clinical services that pharmacists are currently too busy to deliver. 

However, community pharmacist Stephen Eggleston, questioned how the concept of merging pharmacies would work. “Whose premises are used and who pays for the unused one?” he posted on the C+D website.

Barnsley LPC vice-chair Andy Beardshall told C+D there would need to be “a change in legislation to prevent any new contract applications near the closed-down site”.

Community pharmacist Clive Hodgson said that, while the PDA proposals "sound interesting", he does not believe "there is any interest by the government in funding new pharmacy clinical services". "The chances of new services providing a reasonable living wage for an individual pharmacist are zero," he added. 

The PDA launched its campaign against the pharmacy cuts last month, and called on the government to examine the finances of companies that own wholesalers and large multiples, as a way to make the NHS savings.

 


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4 Comments

Harry Tolly, Pharmacist

C&D dodged the bigger issue that the PDA posed. I wonder why ? ...............................................................

 

This was asking the Gov to address the massive margins that the vertically integrated groups are making at the expense of the smaller contractor ............................................................................................................................................................................

 

 

This could easily be addressed by modifying the Global Sum Distribution model.

 

 

THB _B, Community pharmacist

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Bal Singh, Locum pharmacist

It's a toughy.

I think the biggest reason fot the idea was ministers in parliament saying to the pda, - "clusters of pharmacies are proof there's too many pharmacies. No one needs 3 pharmacies next door to each other" (I'm paraphrasing)...... The idea of services aren't backed by any government initiative, nor by any CCG, which leaves viability problematic.

T D, Superintendent Pharmacist

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