Pharmacies not automatically required to open on 25th May Bank Holiday

Pharmacies not automatically required to open on 25th May Bank Holiday

May 19, 2020

In today’s Primary Care Bulletin email, NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) confirmed that ​there would be no blanket requirement for all community pharmacies to open on the Spring Bank Holiday (25th May 2020).

Thanking those pharmacies who have volunteered to open on 25th May, NHSE&I stated that its regional teams will work locally to ensure communities have sufficient access in their areas. Contractors are therefore encouraged to continue to work with their NHSE&I regional team to ensure there is adequate bank holiday provision of pharmaceutical services for the day; involving your LPC as appropriate.

Please note, however, there does remain a possibility that NHSE&I will use their powers to require some pharmacies to open to ensure such adequate provision, if this is deemed appropriate.

PSNC Director of Operations and Support, Gordon Hockey, said:

“PSNC has been clear from the outset that the local arrangements in place for bank holidays during the pandemic would have been sufficient to meet patient needs. Whilst we are pleased that NHSE&I has now recognised there is no need for them to impose bank holiday opening on pharmacies, we are disappointed that the announcement has been made with less than a week to go.”



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