Next four months will be "very difficult" warns Sharpe

PSNC chief executive Sue Sharpe has slammed the Government for making “stupid decisions” about community pharmacy borne of “complete ignorance about the tremendous value it delivers to the NHS and general public”.

The funding cuts were targeting urban pharmacies, she said. “If you're a low volume pharmacy in an urban area, you need to think really carefully about what the future looks like for you.” Now is the time to focus on developing local services to meet local needs, develop good relationships with commissioners and maybe even merge or join forces with other pharmacies in the locality.

“You need to make sure that local commissioners, GPs and social care think you’re the people they want to deal with.”

Address delegates in a pre-recorded video, she warned that the funding situation for contractors over the next four months would be “very, very difficult” before becoming a little easier. “You really need to be prepared for what’s coming down the line.”

Contractors should aim to get 100 per cent of the new quality payments. “This is going to be a great differentiator between pharmacies in the future. Commissioners may well look at that”

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