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Written by admin on Wednesday 18th October 2017
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Ministers have agreed to inject a further £50m of advance funding into community pharmacies at the end of May, according to an announcement by the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) today. https://psnc.org.uk/our-news/contractor-update-psnc-secures-further-50m-injection-to-ease-cashflow-challenges/
The NPA said its members will benefit in the short term, but warned that this cash injection loads new debt onto pharmacies, many of which have little prospect of being able to pay it back.
NPA chief executive, Mark Lyonette, said:
“It is now more urgent than ever that the government fulfils commitments to repay all the extra costs incurred by pharmacies during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Today’s announcement make talks on cost recovery even more urgent. We need assurances on the medium term position, because this new advance effectively increases the level of pharmacies’ debt to government. Many independent pharmacies will struggle to pay it back and should never be asked to do so.
“This advance will make it easier for our members to pay their bills, for now, and to keep vital services going. But it isn’t new money and doesn’t get to the root of the funding problems.
“Pharmacists are bearing a heavy financial burden in order to keep people safe and well. As caring health care professionals, pharmacists have kept their doors open, often at considerable personal cost.…