Pharmacy Access Scheme update

Pharmacy Access Scheme update

February 12, 2021

The planned update this year to the Pharmacy Access Scheme (PhAS) has been delayed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the scheme will continue in its current form into the next financial year.

PhAS seeks to ensure patient access to local physical community pharmacies. It provides additional payments to some eligible contractors, which are funded by the remaining contractors. The scheme was imposed on the sector in late 2016.

The Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework for 2019/20 to 2023/24 indicated that PhAS would be maintained, but updated and improved, to be more responsive to changes within the market and take account of the shift in funding from dispensing to clinical services. (See more information on PSNC’s PhAS webpage).

It is expected that an updated scheme will be forthcoming this year.

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