English Pharmacy Board Chair Sandra Gidley was interviewed by BBC Radio Solent and BBC Radio West Midlands this week about the potential impact on patient care of the Government's cut in funding to community pharmacy.
In a letter to the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) last month, the Department of Health and NHS England announced there would be a 6% reduction in funding through the community pharmacy contractual framework. It was announced that funding to community pharmacy would be cut by at least £170 million; lowering the funding available through the community pharmacy contractual framework from £2.8 billion to £2.63 billion. It is anticipated these changes will take effect in October 2016.
Speaking to Radio Solent on Tuesday 26 January Sandra Gidley described the cut as 'short-sighted' and said they did not take into account the value of community pharmacy's crucial role in supporting other areas of the NHS - particularly through taking some of the pressure away from GP surgeries.
You can listen to the full interview here:
Speaking to BBC Radio West Midlands on Friday 29 January, Sandra Gidley explained about how pharmacy services might be affected by the cuts. You can listen to the full interview here: