Date of prep: December 2020
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The Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for Scotland has written to the community pharmacy network in Scotland to inform them of the arrangements around additional funding to the network in Scotland.
The circular (see below) sets out the agreed initial additional financial support measures for the community pharmacy network in responding to the COVID-19.
The Scottish Government have agreed on a set of additional financial support measures with Community Pharmacy Scotland (CPS) to address an increase in dispensing activity, extended Minor Ailment Service consultations and treatments and the provision of pharmaceutical care services provided on Good Friday and Easter Monday to support the wider NHS.
An initial payment of new funding totalling £5.58 million has been agreed and will be made to pharmacy contractors for the increased dispensing activity, additional worked hours, a contribution for reasonable adjustments made to premises for the purposes of social distancing and the purchase of personal protective equipment in advance of the current arrangements being put in place. A breakdown of how this will be paid is set out.
In a letter to the network, Rose Marie Parr thanked community pharmacy teams for their efforts and commitment at this difficult time.
Chief Executive of Community Pharmacy Scotland Harry McQuillan made comment about the announcement in the now regular YouTube video. You can view the video below.
This circular is being shared under the Open Government Copyright licence.
Pharmacy in Practice is a UK pharmacy publication with its roots in Scotland.