Latest update: Follow news and reaction to pharmacy cuts as they unfold

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Friday 4 November, 1:30pm

The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) has outlined its plans to respond to the government’s imposition of a funding cut to community pharmacy, including a potential legal challenge, but has advised against strike action. Read the full story.


See more of our coverage in our special report on the pharmacy funding cuts.


Wednesday 2 November, 4:20pm

MPs vote against the Opposition Motion on community pharmacy funding by 305 to 211.


Wednesday 2 November, 12:50pm

MPs debate the government’s proposed cuts to community pharmacy funding. Watch the debate live.


Wednesday 2 November, 12:30pm

NHS England has a lack of understanding of community, local pharmaceutical committees agreed at their annual conference. Read the full story.


Wednesday 2 November, 11:30am

Supporters of community pharmacy gather at Westminster to oppose the government’s proposed funding cuts.


Wednesday 2 November, 9:50am

MPs to stand with pharmacists on College Green, Westminster, against funding cuts that could see the closure of some community pharmacies.


Wednesday 2 November, 8:20am

MPs to vote on community pharmacy funding cuts in House of Commons today. Watch the debate live at 12.50pm today.


Tuesday 1 November, 2:45pm

Multiple offers law firm Charles Russell Speechlys funding for QC review of the government’s plans for community pharmacy.


Tuesday 1 November, 2:25pm

The National Pharmacy Association plans to protest the government’s pharmacy funding cuts on 2 November, 12pm.


Thursday 27 October, 1:30pm

Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Wales welcomes the Welsh Government’s commitment to funding community pharmacy.

In a statement following the announcement of the cuts, Vaughan Gething, cabinet secretary for health, well-being and sport, said: “Let me reassure you, the health and social services budget in Wales for the current and financial year does not include any proposals to reduce investment in community pharmacy”.

Suzanne Scott-Thomas, chair of RPS Wales, said: “This is a welcome intervention from the cabinet secretary at a time when pharmacists in Wales are concerned about funding reductions in England … The two year commitment to funding community pharmacy in Wales is a testament to excellent patient care that pharmacists are providing to patients and the public.” Read RPS Wales’ full response.

RPS Wales expect to hear more about Mr Gething’s future plans for community pharmacy in Wales when he speaks at the 6th RPS Wales medicines safety conference.

Read the full story.

Thursday 27 October, 2:30pm

PSNC updates its webpage on funding changes for 2016/17 and 2017/18 and indicative income calculator, which now includes quality payments and an option for those eligible for the pharmacy access scheme.

The calculator “allows contractors to easily view an estimated income simply by entering the number of items dispensed per month”, says the PSNC.


Wednesday 26 October, 2:20pm

David Reissner, an expert in UK pharmacy and health law, encourages those opposed to the cuts to contribute to the cost of a QC review of the Department of Health’s decision.


Wednesday 26 October, 1:00pm

Michael Dugher MP leads protest against the government’s cuts to community pharmacy funding.


Tuesday 25 October, 22:00pm

“Pharmacy cuts will only add to pressure on creaking NHS”, writes Michael Dugher MP in The Yorkshire Post. Read the full comment here.


Monday 24 October, 12:02pm

David Reissner, a lawyer specialising in UK pharmacy and health law at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, criticises the Department of Health’s impact assessment of funding cuts to community pharmacy.


Monday 24 October, 11:15am

The All-Party Pharmacy Group (APPG) said that it will “investigate and scrutinise the Government’s reform of community pharmacy funding” in a statement published today. Read the APPG’s full statement.

Kevin Barron MP, chair of the APPG, said: “It’s important to me that no community is left without a pharmacy, but also that pharmacies which remain open don’t have to cut back on the services they provide.”


Friday 21 October, 10:51am

Pharmacy media respond to the Department of Health’s impact assessment of funding cuts to community pharmacy “in 2016/17 and beyond”. Read the full impact assessment.


Thursday 20 October, 5:30pm

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society responds to the Department of Health’s funding package for community pharmacy: “We have consistently asked how the Government’s aspiration for the future of community pharmacy to be at the heart of the NHS can be squared with large reductions in funding.” Read the full statement.


Thursday 20 October, 4:00pm

Department of Health’s imposed funding cuts to community pharmacy cause confusion.


Thursday 20 October, 2:55pm

The National Pharmacy Association, the trade association for independent community pharmacy in the UK, and Pharmacy Voice, the trade association that represents community pharmacy in England, respond to the imposed funding cuts.

Sue Sharpe, chief executive of the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC), says the decision “calls into question the judgment of those in control of community pharmacy policy”. Read the PSNC chief executive’s full statement.


Thursday 20 October, 2:45pm

The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee publishes indicative income tables to help predict impact on pharmacy businesses.


Thursday 20 October, 12:45pm

Pharmacists and MPs respond to the imposition of funding cuts to community pharmacy. Read more about David Mowat’s announcement here.


Thursday 20 October, 12:45pm

The Pharmaceutical Journal’s Elizabeth Sukkar details the pharmacy access scheme.


Thursday 20 October, 11:30am

David Mowat MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Health (DH), announces 2-year funding for community pharmacy: £2.687bn in 2016/17 (4% cut) and £2.592bn in 2017/18 (3.4% cut). Read the DH’s statement on its new ‘plans to modernise community pharmacies’.


Wednesday 19 October, 16:45pm

Stay up to date on #pharmacycuts with highlights from The Pharmaceutical Journal’s Elizabeth Sukkar.


Wednesday 19 October, 13:05pm

Petition calling on Department of Health to reverse proposals to “cut funding that keeps thousands of pharmacies open” reaches 155,000 signatures.


Wednesday 19 October, 12:57pm

PSNC issues briefing paper in response to the parliamentary debate on community pharmacy funding cuts held on 17 October 2016.


Wednesday 19 October, 12:30pm

Stephen Pound, Labour MP for Ealing North, challenges prime minister on “divisive, corrosive and destructive proposal” to cut funding to community pharmacies, “the heroes of the high street”.

Prime minister Theresa May says it is “right to look at how we are spending NHS money”.


Wednesday 19 October, 9:00am

Yorkshire pharmacist Darren Powell highlights the large proportion of independents, which will be vulnerable to the proposed cuts. See our full infographic on British community pharmacy in 2016 here.


Tuesday 18 October, 3:38pm

Tom Brake, MP for Carshalton and Wallington, encourages grassroots campaign to save community pharmacies.


Tuesday 18 October, 12:32pm

‘Future of pharmacies’ on BBC Daily Politics. Watch here.


Tuesday 18 October, 11:41am

Kevin Barron MP, chair of the All-Party Pharmacy Group, will discuss the proposed community pharmacy cuts on the BBC’s Daily Politics programme today. Catch the show here.


Tuesday 18 October, 7:27am

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society publishes Q&A on community pharmacy reforms.


Monday 17 October, 5:57pm

The “government is neglecting the NHS & patients”, British doctor and TV presenter Xand van Tulleken tells The Pharmaceutical Journal.


Monday 17 October, 4:44pm

Twitter responds to parliament’s urgent question on the proposed 12% funding cuts to pharmacy.


Monday 17 October, 4:32pm

David Mowat, Under-Secretary for the Department of Health, explains the position of the government’s consultation on pharmacy funding cuts in response to an urgent question from Michael Dugher MP. Read the full transcript.


Monday 17 October, 1:02pm

Michael Dugher, MP for Barnsley East, is granted an ‘urgent question’ on the pharmacy cuts in parliament, says Kevin Barron, MP for the Rother Valley and Chair of the All-Party Pharmacy Group.


Monday 17 October, 10:00am

PSNC petition calling to reverse cuts to pharmacy funding reaches 100,000 signatures.


Sunday 16 October, 6:13pm

The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) urges health professionals and patients to sign a petition calling on the Department of Health to rethink funding cuts to “make sure that all of us have a pharmacy nearby”.


Saturday 15 October, 9:53pm

Pharmacy cuts make the front page of the Sunday Express.


Friday 14 October, 4:53pm

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has said that it is “deeply disappointed” and “alarmed” it emerged that the Department of Health plans to cut community pharmacy funding in England by 12% from December 2016, with a further 7% cut due in 2017. Read the full story.


Friday 14 October, 4:50pm

Community pharmacy sector rejects government plans to implement 12% funding cuts.

The plans could result in the closure of a quarter of pharmacies and the removal of free health services from community pharmacies, according to the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC). Read the full story.


Friday 14 October, 12:58pm

Pharmacy bodies say the urgent prescription referral scheme in England has been designed to draw attention away from looming cuts to community pharmacy funding. Read the full story.


Friday 14 October, 8:15am

Claire Ward, chair of Pharmacy Voice, a trade association that represents community pharmacy in England, tells BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that “the government plans to carry on with these terrible cuts that will have a devastating impact upon community pharmacy”.


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