PSNC Briefing 007/23: Regulatory easements to seek to reduce costs and bureaucracy and ensure patient safety
Published on: 13th March 2023 | Updated on: 11th September 2023
Alongside discussions with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and NHS England (NHSE) on funding for Year 5 of the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (CPCF), PSNC has repeated its urgent request for DHSC and NHSE to agree to regulatory changes which would help pharmacy owners to cope with the unrelenting financial and operational challenges they are facing.
Regulatory easements have been under discussion for many months but in February 2023 PSNC rejected proposals from NHSE as being inadequate.
The situation is rapidly deteriorating, so we have now asked for a range of measures to help all community pharmacies to reduce costs and bureaucracy. This briefing outlines PSNC’s proposals.
UPDATE AUGUST 2023
Community Pharmacy England (the new operating name of PSNC) has been continuing to raise awareness of the operational pressures that pharmacy owners and their teams are facing and pursuing these requests for regulatory changes to help ease the burden on them. Below is an update on the regulatory easements we have requested and the current position for each one, in the same order as the asks in the above briefing.
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