DH legal challenge
The NPA has taken the next step in its legal challenge to the Department of Healthâ€™s (DH) decision to cut community pharmacy funding in England.
The NPA formally launched High Court legal proceedings against the SecretaryÂ of Stateâ€™s decision to impose a package of measures, including a funding cut. The challenge is partly based on the DHâ€™s failure to consider the impact its cuts will have on the elderly, the disabled and people from black and minority ethnic communities.
Had the DH properly considered the impact of its cuts, it would have realised that the cuts will have a disproportionate effect on people with legally protected characteristics and those who live in the most deprived areas of England, where there is alreadyÂ a lack of NHS healthcare provision.
â€œWe have been driven to take this step by the intransigence of the DH in the face of widespread public concern about the approach they are taking to the vital front line service provided by local pharmaciesâ€, says Ian Strachan, Chairman of the NPA.
â€œEven as we take this next step, we invite the DH to step back from the precipice and enter into constructive discussions about a positive way forward for the sector and the NHS.â€
The High Court is in recess until the second week of January, so no decision can be made before then about whether the NPA will be granted leave to proceed.
The NPA is also a named â€˜interested partyâ€™ in separate proceedings launched byÂ the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee.
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