The Government has announced that it has surpassed its Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme (ARRS) recruitment targets a year ahead of schedule.
Chief Executive Janet Morrison said:
“While we understand and want to help relieve the pressure on our General Practice colleagues, we have been warning Government and the NHS of the damaging consequences that ARRS has had on the sector for some time. The policy is exacerbating pharmacy workforce problems – increasing vacancy rates and causing spiralling locum costs. However, the recent Hewitt report was clear that action should be taken to carefully consider the best use of the limited pharmacist workforce going forwards, and we hope the Government will propose solutions in their upcoming long-term NHS workforce plan.”