Scottish contractors secure funding for May bank holiday opening


The Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for Scotland has written to the community pharmacy network in Scotland to inform them of the arrangements around additional bank holiday funding to the network in Scotland.


The circular (see below) outlines the agreed arrangements for fee’s payable for community pharmacy contractors providing pharmaceutical care services on the May Bank Holidays.


Community pharmacy contractors have been requested, where possible and safe to do so, to open and provide a full range of pharmaceutical care service on either both or one of the scheduled May public holidays; or if this holiday falls in early June, taking account of regional variation.


Fees payable will be set at the same level as that provided for opening on Good Friday and Easter Monday: that is, £1,200 for a full day opening; £700 for a half-day opening.


The Chief Pharmaceutical Officier for Scotland Rose Marie Parr recognised that opening at Easter was a significant ask especially given that many community pharmacy teams had already given up their Easter break already. She added that the community pharmacy network was best positioned to anticipate and support demand and that given the prolonged nature of the pandemic it would important to have support form the community pharmacy network during the May bank holiday.


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.



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