Contractor event – PSNC update on pharmacy funding cuts
Wednesday, 2 March, 2016 7.15pm
Belfry Hotel, Nottingham Business Park, Mellors Way, Nottingham, NG8 6
Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire LPCs have worked together to put on an event for contractors and Pharmacy Teams to come together to discuss the implications and feed in to the debate about a response to these proposed cutbacks.
PSNC have agreed to attend this meeting and the speaker will be Alastair Buxton.
Background to the meeting
At a time when primary care and urgent care services are struggling to manage demand, this is a profoundly damaging move. It will deliver a destructive blow to the support community pharmacies can offer to patients and the public. Community pharmacies provide vital healthcare and advice which reduces the burden on GPs and urgent care services and helps the NHS to cope with winter pressures.
The letter speaks of the potential for far greater use of community pharmacy and pharmacists in prevention of ill health, support for healthy living and minor ailments, but almost inevitably the impact of the cuts will force pharmacies to reduce staffing levels and direct more people to GP or urgent care. The letter goes on to say “In some parts of the country there are more pharmacies than are necessary to maintain good access.” The threat to the network is clear but the letter is very short on detail on how the NHS will manage this “clustering” of pharmacies.
6.30pm – buffet
7.15pm – Welcome and Introductions by Rob Severn, Nottinghamshire LPC Chair
7.20pm – PSNC update – Alastair Buxton
8pm – NPA update – James Wood
8.15pm – Q&A
8.45pm – Table discussions – facilitated by LPC members
9.15pm – feedback and close