Pharmacy Funding

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Johnson urged to back up words of support with cash

Numark and Phoenix UK have urged Boris Johnson to back up his words of encouragement for pharmacy.

DHSC to increase medicines reimbursement prices by £15m next month

PSNC says the DHSC will increase medicine reimbursement prices by £15 million next month.

NPA vice-chair: Five-year deal may fail to stop pharmacies closing

NPA vice-chair Andrew Lane warns the five-year community pharmacy settlement may fail to prevent the closure of pharmacies.

Category M adds to pharmacy funding headache

Community pharmacies in England coping with the effects of funding cuts on their businesses, now face a further blow from Category M

Sandra Gidley re-elected RPS England Board chair

The Society will not shy away from seeking government investment in pharmacy, Sandra Gidley said as she was elected chair for a third term

Wales maintains pharmacy funding at £144 million

The community pharmacy sector is a “fundamental part” of the primary care sector in Wales, said health secretary Vaughan Gething

It's time to think clearly

Mike Smith puts the world to rights… Recent weeks have seen significant upheaval within the political climate in the UK. While I do always strive to be apolitical in this column, I cannot help but draw comparisons between the national political situation and the world of community pharmacy. Many of our leaders who supported the referendum’s Leave campaign have now resigned, leaving it to others to take the situation forward. Since the proposed pharmacy funding cuts announcement made last December: Keith Ridge has clearly had second thoughts about the proposed hub and spoke model he used as part of the “justification” for the original £170 million cut Pharmacy minister Alistair Burt back-tracked on his prediction that up to 3,000 pharmacies could close as a result of the planned funding cuts, saying “it is not the aim of the government to close pharmacies” And to top it off, Mr Burt has resigned, although, of course, health secretary Jeremy Hunt has stayed in post. Where does this all leave us? Now more than ever, we need to think more clearly and strategically about the future of community pharmacy, and it concerns me that the ongoing divisions within our professional and negotiating bodies do not fill me with confidence.

What might Brexit mean for pharmacy?

Despite recent political changes, community pharmacy could still offer government a neat solution to issues in healthcare, argues community pharmacist Noel Wicks I don’t think I’m alone in being a little shocked at the result of the Brexit vote. Like many, I hadn’t really contemplated the reality of a Leave vote simply because it hadn’t registered as a realistic outcome. This may have been because the general feeling here in Scotland was one of wanting to remain in Europe, as was reflected in the voting statistics. Quite a few people have asked me why Scotland voted the way it did. I don’t think there’s any clear reason why it was so different from elsewhere in the UK. Could it be perhaps that we feel a bit removed from some of the issues that seemed to drive so much of the pre-referendum debate? I’m thinking of things such as immigration and the NHS. While I wouldn’t suggest these aren’t relevant in Scotland, I don’t think they are felt quite so keenly as they are south of the border. Perhaps it was because ‘our Nicola’ was in the vanguard of the Remain campaign and, to many, acquitted herself admirably during the televised debates. Whatever the reason, it seems Scotland may well reconsider its role within the UK, although I do think it needs to be realistic about what the reality of a solo position in Europe might look like.

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