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Court of Appeal upholds ruling on community pharmacy cuts

The Court of Appeal has upheld the High Court ruling that the reduction in funding imposed on community pharmacies in October 2016 was not unlawful, the Pharmacy Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) has revealed.

This decision, which was made on 23 August 2018, means that the current community pharmacy funding arrangements will remain in place pending negotiations for the remainder of the 2018/2019 financial year and beyond.

Following a High Court hearing in May 2017, Justice Collins said he would not quash the then Department of Health’s (DH) decision to impose cuts on the community pharmacy budget, but he gave leave to the PSNC and PDA, who brought the cases, to appeal his decision.

The PSNC had argued that the DH based its original decision on poor data, which it did not disclose, rather than updating existing high-quality data.

For further developments on this story, please see here.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2018.20205354

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