Community Pharmacy funding settlement for 2018-19

Responding today to PSNC’s announcement that community pharmacy funding levels will be maintained for 2018/19 at £2.592bn, Paul Bennett, RPS Chief Executive said:

“We completely understand what a tough time the community pharmacy sector is going through right now and empathise with pharmacy owners working within a contractual framework that has, in real terms, seen another cut in funding. This is why it’s important for the RPS to work hard with PSNC and the other pharmacy bodies and NHS England at pace to describe a new future for the profession in England.”

RPS England Board Chair Sandra Gidley said:

"Given inflation and rising workload, this is still effectively a cut. It will do little to relieve the pressure on pharmacies and the teams they employ. However, I’m pleased that negotiation conversations have now started between PSNC and NHS England. The RPS have continued to ensure NHS England recognise what pharmacy has to offer. We are now facing into the challenges of the NHS Long Term Plan and look forward to seeing developments move towards a contract based on services for next year’s settlement. A close working relationship between pharmacy representative bodies and NHS England is essential to this and the RPS is looking forward to continuing to support this work”