Community pharmacy

Community pharmacy must 'fight for survival', says PSNC

Pharmacists are going to have to prove to the NHS that the system stands to gain by investing in community pharmacy, says outgoing Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee chief executive.

sue sharpe chief executive of the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee

Source: Katie Osborne/Salvadore

Sue Sharpe, chief executive of the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee, urged community pharmacists to pull together and prove to the NHS that it stands to gain by investing in community pharmacy

Community pharmacy must rebuild vital relations with the government and general practice and fight for its very survival, a conference has heard.

Speaking at the Pharmacy Show in Birmingham, the chief executive of the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC), Sue Sharpe, said the sector’s future was facing its greatest ever challenge and urged community pharmacists to pull together.

She warned that the immediate future was looking “very grim” and there was even a risk of further cuts.

“We have a battle for survival of community pharmacy as we know it and it’s up to us to fight it together,” she said. “It’s going to be a tough few years and we are going to have to persuade the NHS that they can deliver more care and value by investing in community pharmacy.”

Sharpe stressed that the past two years had seen the worst ever relationship between community pharmacy and the NHS.

This, she said, was the result of, not only the funding cuts, but also the “false view” that warehouse supply was a cheaper and adequate substitute for community pharmacy services. Reductions in Category M prices to recover an over-delivery of margin in previous years and unpredicted sudden price rises of generic drugs had not helped, she added.

“We must recognise the cash flow challenge and the value challenge and all of us must work together to make the unique contribution that pharmacy plays in people’s lives visible and understood at local level,” she said.

One of the main ways to do that, she added, was to have more with GPs.

“It is clear as a bell that general practice should be demanding that community pharmacy take off their workload. It is folly to think of general practice as our enemies. We must think of them as people who are facing a massive resource struggle and we must try to ensure that we create the relationship that allows general practice to see our value,” she said.

Sharpe praised new pharmacy minister Steve Brine for the “empathy and understanding” he had demonstrated in recent speeches and for his apparent recognition that pharmacy services needed to be better utilised.

“We have a real opportunity here to try to build on that good, sound, positive opening and try to get the relationship [with government] back,” she added.

She said issues including the decision to wipe out establishment payments, which have provided annual payments to pharmacies dispensing more than 2,500 items per month, over the next few years, and the move towards commoditisation of pharmacy services must be challenged through proper dialogue and a willingness to tackle the issues that could damage the sector, adding that the PSNC was committed to taking this forward.

“The best outcome and the outcome that we must all hope for is that we rebuild positive constructive relationships to get [the government] to understand that pharmacy is a sector they need to work with to deliver care,” she concluded.

Citation: The Salvadore DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2017.20203712

Have your say

For commenting, please login or register as a user and agree to our Community Guidelines. You will be re-directed back to this page where you will have the ability to comment.

Recommended from Pharmaceutical Press

  • Integrated Pharmacy Case Studies

    Over 90 case studies based on real life patient-care scenarios. Each case includes learning outcomes and references.

    £47.00
  • Paediatric Drug Handling

    Written for new pharmaceutical scientists, this book provides a background in paediatric pharmacy and a comprehensive introduction to children's medication.

    £33.00
  • Physicochemical Principles of Pharmacy

    This established textbook covers every aspect of drug properties from the design of dosage forms to their delivery by all routes to sites of action in the body.

    £48.00
  • Introduction to Pharmaceutical Calculations

    Introduction to Pharmaceutical Calculations is an essential study aid for pharmacy students. The book contains worked examples and sample questions and answers.

    £33.00
  • MCQs in Clinical Pharmacy

    Four practice tests, each with 80 practice-oriented MCQs. Assess your knowledge of clinical issues, evaluative and analytical skills.

    £25.00

Search an extensive range of the world’s most trusted resources

Powered by MedicinesComplete

Supplementary images

  • sue sharpe chief executive of the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee

Jobs you might like

  • Camberley Drive in Liverpool L25 9PU and Mosley Street in Blackburn BB2 3RX

  • Belfast (City/Town)

  • Fife (Scotland)

  • Newton Aycliffe, Durham

  • City of Edinburgh

Newsletter Sign-up

Want to keep up with the latest news, comment and CPD articles in pharmacy and science? Subscribe to our free alerts.

www.adulttorrent.org

одеяла детские купить

вимакс инструкция по применению