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Indemnity provisions in the Coronavirus Act 2020 will apply to community pharmacy, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has confirmed.

The confirmation comes amid concerns that the government’s safety net indemnity might not have been arranged for community pharmacy staff.

The DHSC has confirmed that the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has made arrangements for the safety net indemnity to apply to community pharmacy, confirming that: “where COVID related activity on behalf of the NHS is not covered (by existing indemnity arrangements), lawyers have confirmed that the provisions of the Coronavirus Act 2020 (CVA) cover community pharmacy teams.”

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