Community pharmacy in 2016/17 and beyond

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Community pharmacy in 2016/17 and beyond

UPDATE: Jeremy Hunt MP will remain in his role as Secretary of State for Health following a cabinet reshuffle by new Prime Minister Theresa May, whilst David Mowat MP becomes the new pharmacy minister. Read PSNC CEO Sue Sharpe’s comment here.


In an open letter to PSNC, revealed at a meeting hosted by (former) pharmacy minister Alistair Burt on 17th December 2015, the government announced that funding for community pharmacy in 2016/17 will be cut by £170m. The cut, from £2.8bn to £2.63bn, is a reduction of more than 6% in cash terms.

The letter is signed by the Director General, Innovation, Growth and Technology, Department of Health and the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer.

The decision to publish the letter is unprecedented, and in stark contrast to the secrecy that the NHS has always insisted on for negotiations in the past.

Responses to the Government’s proposals can be sent to england.communitypharmacy@nhs.net.

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The links below provide full details on the Government’s proposals and the sector’s response.

The Department of Health’s proposals
Further information on what is being proposed by the Government.

How can you help?
Information on the national coordinated campaign.

What is PSNC doing?
Details of the work being undertaken by PSNC.

What LPCs are doing
Details of the work being undertaken by LPCs.

Responses from other organisations
The responses to the proposals published by other organisations.

Timeline (updated)
A timeline of the key events and PSNC’s responses.

Resources for LPCs
Guidance and resources to support LPCs in their campaigning activities; it will be updated regularly so please remember to check the page often.



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