The future of community pharmacy

The future of community pharmacy

Commissioners and councillors will probably by now have heard about some changes to community pharmacy. The Department of Health imposed its plans to reduce community pharmacy funding on 20th October 2016 and this came into effect on 1st December 2016. A Judicial Review of this decision is due to be heard in the week commencing 20th March 2017.

The impact of this change could alter the pharmacy network in local communities across the country, moving patients towards online services and leading to a reduction in the pharmaceutical services they can receive close to home. For example, pharmacies may be forced to reduce opening hours or staff levels, or to limit the home delivery services many of them currently provide for some of the most vulnerable patients; others will be forced to close.

Many of you will know that local pharmacies are more than just places to get medicines; they are a community hub, a place to get face-to-face advice from trusted professionals and often a better option for urgent medical help than visiting your GP or A&E.

The national pharmacy organisations believe the plans pose significant threats to patient care and the community pharmacy network across England, and we have put forward constructive counter proposals and commissioned research into the value of pharmacy:

The Value of Community Pharmacy – a PwC report (September 2016)

The Community Pharmacy Forward View (August 2016)

Counter proposal to the Government’s plans for community pharmacy in 2016/17 and beyond (April 2016)

Community Pharmacy Review 2016/17 – service development proposals (February 2016)

We and your local pharmacies would like your support to encourage the Government to engage with the sector’s own proposals to support the rest of the NHS by making long-term efficiency savings.

Stand up for your local pharmacies

Read our briefing on the Government proposals: PSNC Briefing for Commissioners: Community Pharmacy’s Future

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