Pharmacy Business Survey Reveals Majority Think The PSNC Should Be Doing More

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13th January 2014 14:22 - Chemicals

The PSNC (Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee) should be doing more to secure a financial settlement for community pharmacy according to the majority (93%) of respondents to a Pharmacy Business survey.

The decisive number of respondents who indicated their dissatisfaction with the efforts of pharmacy’s negotiating body to establish new terms based on the Cost of Service Inquiry came as little surprise given the concern of many pharmacists.

Pharmacists would have noticed with some envy the new GP contract which is set to change the way GPs are paid and which will cut bureaucracy, allowing them to spend more time with their patients – there has not been a new pharmacy contract since 2005.

Among the 144 people who responded to the survey, 141 clicked “Yes” to the question of whether the PSNC should be doing more, with just three clicking “No”.

The results of the survey also appear to reflect pharmacy’s impatience with the PSNC despite Sue Sharpe, the PSNC’s Chief Executive, attempting to assure pharmacists during last year’s LPC Conference that her organisation is working as hard as it can to secure a new settlement. The PSNC did secure an interim funding settlement of £2,486m for 2012/13.

“We don't have a financial settlement for this year yet. It is taking time to get through the processes. I'm hoping it won't be very long… It would be wrong of me to build expectation but we are working very hard to get the best financial settlement for community pharmacy.”

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