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In a relief to community pharmacy teams, the government has extended provision of supplies of free Covid-19 personal protective equipment (PPE) beyond the end of March 2021.

The Department of Health and Social Care’s (DH) PPE portal will continue to be used till the end of June by community pharmacies to obtain all the Covid-19 PPE they need and contractors should ensure they have registered for this.

“Free PPE will now be available to the end of June 2021. In addition, the scheme will be reviewed again in April to determine the provision of PPE beyond the end of June,” the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) has said in an update.

PPE claims via MYS

The PPE claim tab on the NHS BSA’s Manage Your Service (MYS) portal is now live and fully functioning after some technical glitches. The simplified alternative claim spreadsheet for multiples is also due for release at the same time, the PSNC said.

Earlier, the pharmacy negotiator had informed contractors of a problem with the PPE claim tab on the MYS portal.

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