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The PSNC needs to be more transparent with other pharmacy players

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The PSNC comprises of a broad range of pharmacy contractors and employers. To suggest that they are acting against themselves is a little bit difficult for me to believe. The context of the conditions in which they are negotiating with the NHS, an organisation that itself is complete turmoil with very little leadership, must be taken into consideration. This must make nailing a blancmange to the wall seem like a simple task. Of course, it is very easy to mudsling from the outside and in a way, I sympathise with your viewpoint. I am a contractor myself with three branches and, whilst I view the impending cuts as being incredibly challenging, I feel that as a profession we have to show what we can offer. Much of our evidence is anecdotal, but even the data that can be quantified, such as numbers of MUR and NMS services, show that we still aren't chasing the funding that we are entitled to. in 2014-15, there was £40m in unclaimed MUR funding (the mean number of MUR's completed per pharmacy was 292) and £140m in unclaimed NMS fees. That combined number of £180m seems mighty close to the original proposed cut level to me. "A sizeable proportion of the profession are not pharmacy contractors; and to a large degree it will be pharmacist employees providing these important clinical services to patients in the NHS in years to come." Yes, this is true. However, with fewer contractors, there will be fewer pharmacist employees.

Posted date

31 MAY 2016

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17:05

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