Simon Dukes, CEO, PSNC

Simon Dukes has released a video addressing the situation that community pharmacy still finds itself in, i.e. it’s awaiting a decision from HM Treasury on retrieving the costs the sector incurred during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The chief executive of the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee shared that PSNC has started negotiations for the third year of the contractual framework, adding that pharmacy teams have delivered more during the pandemic, including providing face-to-face advice, deliveries for shielding patients, as well as playing their part in the Covid-19 vaccination and testing programmes.

Whilst unable to talk about what is happening in the negotiations on the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (CPCF) for obvious reasons, Dukes revealed that his team would cover things that both PSNC and the NHS really want community pharmacy to do in the future.

“However, none of it will be possible without a satisfactory outcome on pharmacy’s Covid costs,” he said.

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