Pharmacy contract negotiations begin

Talks on change to the community pharmacy contractual framework between NHS Employers and the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) have begun.

The work will focus on the feasibility and development of new or improved pharmacy services, including reducing the waste of medicines, helping patients with long-term conditions and extending pharmacist-led NHS minor ailment services based on need.

Felicity Cox, lead negotiator for NHS Employers' community pharmacy team, said: ‘New or improved services could have the potential to transform UK pharmacies, helping patients to be more informed about their health generally and how medicines can help them manage their health better.

‘It is our hope that our negotiations of the community pharmacy contract can lead to such changes and capitalise on the unique opportunities provided by pharmacies' location on our high streets.

‘We aim to conclude our negotiations with the PSNC by the end of 2009 and then will begin implementing any agreed changes after April 2010.'

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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