The significance of Lloydspharmacy’s decision to cease trading in 190 branches across England can’t be overstated. This is concrete proof that even the giants of the sector can’t absorb the sheer scale of the funding reductions and category M clawbacks being thrown against it. With one announcement, those fears of 3,000 pharmacies closing suddenly don’t feel quite as far-fetched.
Responding to the “extraordinary cashflow challenges” highlighted to the government by the negotiator, Steve Brine has agreed to the “urgent measure” for November alone, the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee said this afternoon (October 23). “The increase has been confirmed for one month only, and full and final payment for services provided in September will be reconciled as usual at the end of November,” PSNC said.
As a journalist, I believe in openness and transparency. But I also understand the need for off-the-record conversations, which allow individuals to frankly share their views away from the public gaze. So I can appreciate why members of a Department of Health (DH) programme board broaching a subject as divisive as technicians legally supervising prescription-only medicine supply may have been keen for their early discussions to remain private.
After being snubbed yet again in #Budget2017, a welcome bit of good news for community pharmacy. It won't solve funding crisis by any means, but will hopefully help some stay afloat over Christmas https://t.co/IMr1RKrbX2
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Selecting a term
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