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Five-year framework for community pharmacy funding announced

August 08, 2019 / Anna Smith

The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee PSNC, Department of Health and Social Care DHSC and NHS England have announced a five-year funding framework for community pharmacy. The framework agreement for community pharmacies announced funding of almost 13 billion pounds over the five years to 2023-24, with 2.592 billion pounds per year, for pharmacies. The announcement also states that a new NHS Community Pharmacist Consultation Service CPCS will be introduced nationally as an advanced service in October 2019, as well as a new Pharmacy Quality Scheme, under which pharmacies can earn additional payments for meeting quality criteria. Funding for the scheme will continue at £75m a year. Gian Celino, group product director, Cegedim UK said that the settlement brings a “much needed stability that will allow pharmacy businesses critical time to plan, whilst giving a clear indication of what the NHS expects from its relationships with pharmacy businesses and community pharm...