This week the Scottish Government have confirmed the 2019/2020 financial package for community pharmacy. The settlement has now been put in place on a 1-year community pharmacy funding package to cover the financial year 2019-20.
Highlights of the 2019-20 settlement include the following:
- The remuneration Global Sum will be reset for 2019-20 at £183.559, an increase of £2.6 million on the previous year.
- The non-Global Sum shall roll forward at its current level set at £1.3 million.
- That the Pharmacy First service is integrated with the national Minor Ailment Service from 1 April 2019 and remuneration level set at the existing level of £1.1 million.
The financial package could not be accepted by the Community Pharmacy Scotland (CPS) Board. CPS said they appreciated the “constructive nature of the intense talks with Scottish Government colleagues who worked to try and achieve an acceptable outcome.”
CPS said that there are many outputs within this package that they were willing to accept. In particular, they welcomed the commitment to Pharmacy First through the introduction of funding into guaranteed streams and they remain committed to working with the Scottish Government and others to ensure that this builds towards the extended Minor Ailment Service from April 2020.
The CPS negotiating team said they “will continue to engage with the Scottish Government to attempt to resolve the one outstanding issue as soon as possible.”
Much like the Scottish Government, CPS have said they remain committed to the ‘Achieving Excellence Strategy’ alongside our own ‘Vision for Community Pharmacy in Scotland’.
Martin Green, Chairman of the Board for Community Pharmacy Scotland, said:
“We are not quite where we want to be with this negotiated financial package and I sincerely hope that we can continue to work with the Scottish Government to resolve our one remaining difference and will be looking for a commitment to do so. Nevertheless, this financial package has been negotiated during a time of significant political uncertainty and during a financially challenging period for all parties involved.
“We have reached this point and are disappointed full resolution couldn’t be achieved but will continue to work on designing future services for patients such as the extended Minor Ailment Service which should be ready to roll out in April 2020.”