THE Global sum for Scottish pharmacy contractors has been increased by £1 million to £178.359 million for the financial year 2016-17, while the non-global sum has been increased by £2 million to £3.3 million. There has also been an increase in the guaranteed minimum margin for community pharmacy contractors to £93.5 million, while the Drug Tariff (generic drug) prices remaining unchanged.
The settlement also includes a continuation of the risk and margin shared between pharmacy contractors and health boards on amounts above £102.171 million, with Part 7 clawback being repaid over a 12 month period from April 2016. The clawback rate will be baselined to 3 per cent from April 2016, and adjusted on in year monitoring, and any outstanding legacy amounts for return to Health Boards at March 31, 2017 (inclusive of 2015-16) will be written off.
Professor Harry McQuillan, Community Pharmacy Scotland Chief Executive Officer, said: “Community Pharmacy Scotland are satisfied with the recently agreed settlement for the upcoming financial year. Discussions were challenging but constructive against a backdrop of intense scrutiny of health and social care budgets across all areas. We believe the agreement can give the pharmacy network stability in cashflow terms to continue to deliver services to the Scottish public.
“Community Pharmacy Scotland believes that this settlement will allow the constructive dialogue to continue throughout 16/17 so that the community pharmacy contract can continue to evolve alongside a changing health and social care landscape.
“Recent manifesto commitments by major political parties highlighting community pharmacy as a huge primary care asset also assures the organisation that the network is valued. The recent out of hours review too highlighted potential development of community pharmacy services to enhance patient experience within primary care in and out of hours. We will work with other stakeholders to attempt to take on these recommendations and secure resource to deliver further appropriate services.”
See the Scottish Government circular here.