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a pound imageNovember 24 2017

Pharmacy contractors will receive an additional 12p per item fee in their advance payment due on December 1 for payments relating to October prescriptions.

The Department of Health has confirmed this payment, which will be a one-off payment along the lines of the 15p per prescription item payment made in the November 1 advance payment, said PSNC. The payment is intended to help pharmacy contractors’ cashflow, but PSNC still has concerns that the measure will be too little or too late.

“PSNC has continued to press for urgent intervention to offer some relief for contractors, and this latest measure has been taken in recognition of the continuing extraordinary cashflow challenges being faced by contractors,” it said. “The increase has once again been confirmed for one month only, and full and final payment for services provided in October will be reconciled as usual at the end of December.”

PSNC Chief Executive Sue Sharpe commented: “We are grateful for this continued positive response aimed at providing some relief to contractors. We remain concerned, though, that there will be pharmacies for which this is not enough; and the measures will of course not address underlying funding and sustainability issues.

“Recent statements by the minister and this decision to increase December advance payments give us hope that we will be able to restore the constructive relationships that underpinned our work before 2015.”

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