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Accessible Information Standard briefing published

Accessible Information Standard will become law in England on July 31

A million sign up to pharmacy campaign

A million people sign peitition against planned cuts to pharmacy funding

PSNC issues counter proposals to DH

Short-term proposals could save money the DH wants cut from pharmacy funding

PSNC urges prime minister to reconsider pharmacy plans

PSNC urges David Cameron to reconsider plans for pharmacy funding cuts

Dealing with the DH bombshell

The pre-Christmas bombshell announcement on cuts to the community pharmacy budget has been exercising minds locally and nationally. Today, I am at the House of Commons making a presentation sponsored by Kate Hoey MP. Other than MPs, the invited audience includes GPs, nurses, hospital consultants, local authority councillors, CCG chairs, people from Healthwatch, social services, patient groups and NHS England and, of course, pharmacists, including NPA and Pharmacy London chairs and the RPS president – a really eclectic group! Unfortunately, a consultant from St Thomas’ cannot come due to the junior hospital doctors’ strike, which is also today.

Health Warning

I am profoundly disturbed by the government’s decision to cut our funding by 6 per cent: it is no less than an act of wanton destruction. By the government’s own estimates, as many as 3,000 pharmacies could be forced out. Obviously, our representative bodies should present a united front to fight this cut, but from what I have seen they haven’t actually grasped the underlying issue – that this is simply another step in a cynical assault on the NHS.Pharmacy Voice produced the most vigorous protest, but it won’t have the slightest effect.

Choices and decisions

There’s no doubt the Department of Health has managed to achieve what it intended with the funding cuts. Pharmacy has become a frenzy of engagement, activity and debate – something our representative bodies have never before been able to achieve. Despite years of endless conferences, campaigns and even a government-backed call to action, it’s taken a £176m threat to our income to jump-start a reaction.

DH extends funding consultation by two months

2016/17 funding consultation deadline extended until May 24

Prescription charge increase criticised

Script charge in England rises to £8.40 from April 1

A game of strategy, or fantasy?

The influence of the BBC’s ‘Dickensian’ theme seems to have reached as far as the NHS just before Christmas, with ruthless Mr Scrooge slashing pharmacy funding in an unprecedented manner. Moreover, he certainly forgot to emerge in 2016 as a reformed and generous man!By imposing a cut of £170m in pharmacy funding for 2016-17, the Global Sum will shrink to £2.63bn and our funding in cash terms will be reduced by a dramatic 6 per cent before we factor in the additional hit from national minimum wage reviews and pension contributions.

Pharmacy petitions the PM over cuts

Pharmacy bodies work together to launch a petition to the prime minister

PSNC issues service development proposals to DH

Proposals include repeat dispensing as default, patient registration and enhanced medicines optimisation

PSNC fears further, larger, funding cuts in 2017/18

Further cuts to pharmacy funding could be on the way, warns PSNC

PSNC advises contractors on dispensing antivirals

PSNC issues advise on dispensing, and ordering stock of oseltamivir and zanamivir

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