Whatever happens, community pharmacy has done itself proud, says Noel Wicks
Is it just me or does it look like pharmacy is in for another early Christmas surprise from the Department of Health? The recent letter outlining its invitation to PSNC to “conclude negotiations” by the end of September, with implementation from 1 December, certainly seems to suggest as much.
In the letter, the DH acknowledged the additional information provided during the interim period. This includes research from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) on “the value of community pharmacy” and Pharmacy Voice’s joint report with PSNC. There have also been many other supporting activities going on, not least the NPA’s campaign to “support your local pharmacy” that has generated a petition with signatures running into the millions.
The whole of community pharmacy has really come together in the 10 months since receiving the first notice regarding the funding cuts. It’s been successful in presenting the value of what community pharmacy does and the difference it makes to people’s lives every single day.