Community Pharmacy England has today written to both the Health Secretary, Victoria Atkins MP, and the Shadow Health Secretary, Wes Streeting MP, to call for an urgent review of how the sector is supported and improved pharmacy representation on the Integrated Care Board (ICB) and Integration. Systems of care (ICS).
These letters follow on from two roundtable discussions we held at both Careful And Labor The conference is held in the fall. The focus of these events is on the tough challenges facing the community pharmacy sector and what needs to be done to solve them. The discussion also covered the current funding crisis, plans to introduce a Pharmacy First service, workforce issues and the importance of operating locally to deliver the service best for the patient.
The letters signed by many attendees also called on political leaders to work with industry, patient organizations and charities to realize the potential of community pharmacies and deliver services. medical. Visionwas developed by two independent research organisations, The King’s Fund and Nuffield Trust.
Signatories also called for discussion on how to sustainably fund community pharmacy, including reform of the Community Pharmacy Contracting Framework (CPCF) to prevent loss-making dispensing.
Janet Morrison OBE, Chief Executive of the British Pharmacy Community said:
“We are grateful for the support of all signatories in the letters sent to national health leaders. The long-term viability of community pharmacies is not a partisan political issue. The message to all healthcare leaders remains clear: if you don’t give pharmacies the support they urgently need, the impact on pharmaceutical businesses will be catastrophic and services important to patients will become more chaotic than ever, with the supply of medicines at serious risk.