Community pharmacy contractors can now claim their payment for opening their respective pharmacies on the Early May Bank Holiday.

NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) had asked the pharmacies to open between 02.00 pm to 05.00 pm on May 8.

Contractors need to submit their claim for the £250 per hour payment using the Manage Your Service (MYS) portal between May 25 and June 22, with payment due on July 1, Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) has said.

The NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) will provide confirmation of payment via individual letters to contractors.

Contractors who remained open on May 8 as per a local agreement with NHSE&I should only claim for payment as outlined above for up to three hours per day based on the number of hours they were open.

PSNC said: “If they were open for more than three hours, the balance must be claimed from the regional team as per local agreement.  Pharmacy contractors must not duplicate claims for the same opening hours by claiming on MYS and through local arrangements.”

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