Pharmacy minister Jo Churchill

Government has confirmed that pharmacy contractors were paid £200 million on Wednesday (April 1), in addition to their normal monthly payments from the NHS Business Services Authority.

It said a further 100 million will be allocated on 1 May 2020, which will be part of the £300 million cash injection announced by the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) on Tuesday (March 31).

In a statement released on Thursday, the Department of Health and Social Care said: “The advanced funding injection will support pharmacies to provide critical services to protect community health, including supplying medicines and providing medical advice to patients, during a period of unprecedented demand.”

The statement clarified that during this period, pharmacies would not be required to deliver any new services or carry out non-critical administrative tasks.

Pharmacy Minister Jo Churchill commented: “To further support pharmacies, we have reduced the services they need to deliver during Covid-19 but have maintained their full funding.”

She added: “We hugely value the role of the community pharmacy, which is why we are backing them with 300m of advanced funding to support them as we continue to assess the full additional impact of coronavirus on community pharmacy.”

However, as previously announced by the PSNC, community pharmacies will be expected to repay the money.

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