Funding for Easter opening hours

Funding for Easter opening hours

April 8, 2020

Further to NHS England and NHS Improvement’s (NHSE&I) decision that community pharmacies in England must open between 2pm and 5pm on the Easter Bank Holidays, PSNC and NHSE&I have agreed that contractors will be funded for these openings at a rate of £250 per hour.

NHSE&I had initially said that it would pay contractors for these openings but that payments would not reflect Bank Holiday premiums. PSNC has been arguing that pharmacy contractors will have to pay these premiums and that these should be covered by NHSE&I.

Contractors will have to claim these payments through the Manage Your Payments (MYS) portal, but further information will follow.

PSNC Chief Executive Simon Dukes said:

“The negotiations over Easter opening hours have concluded much later than we had hoped and we know that this has caused considerable logistical challenges for contractors. We are pleased to have reached agreement on a funding rate though and we look forward to resolving similar questions around the May Bank Holidays much earlier.”



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