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Scottish pharmacies to receive £2.6m funding increase for 2018-19

CPS: This settlement will support appropriate pharmacy service provision
CPS: This settlement will support appropriate pharmacy service provision

Funding for Scottish pharmacies will increase by £2.6 million for 2018-19, Community Pharmacy Scotland (CPS) has announced.

Under the latest funding settlement, the global sum will increase to £180.96m, CPS confirmed this afternoon (June 15).

The increase follows two years where the global sum has stood at £178.4m.

The latest settlement “will continue the process of developing our contractual arrangements to reflect funding alongside appropriate service provision to the Scottish population”, CPS said.

The "non-global sum" – which is dependent on factors such as margins – will remain unchanged from its current level of £1.3m, CPS confirmed.

Clawback rate rise

The generic clawback rate will rise from 0% to 1.5% to reflect the £5m accumulated in 2017-18, CPS added.

The Scottish government stressed that this rate will be “temporarily suspended or adjusted” should the “market deteriorate…to ensure sufficient cash liquidity to the pharmacy network”.

The clawback rate would then be reintroduced once market conditions recover, the government added.

CPS director of operations Matt Barclay told C+D the ability to “switch off” the clawback mechanism “will allow cash to flow to contractors should the market be impacted”.

No conflict in negotiations

Funding negotiations between CPS and the government had been “constructive” and “at no time was there conflict”, he told C+D.

What do you make of the funding settlement?

Leon The Apothecary, Student

If the Scotish methodology appears to be pretty much universally liked, shouldn't England be attempting to emulate its success?

Uma Patel, Community pharmacist

Scots are smarter

David Henry, Community pharmacist

Great work by CPS team. I know it took a lot of hard, hard work and no mean feat to avoid conflict

A LOCUM, Community pharmacist

defo place to be,  no prescription charges and no university fees

thepharmacist Forever!, Pharmacist Director

Can we ask for Commumity Pharmacy Scotland to represent the rest of the UK?

Adam Hall, Community pharmacist

Why is it that Scotland can do this so well while in England it appears to result in a complete cock-up?

SIMON MEDLEY, Community pharmacist

because too many people in England belive the lie of auterity fed to them by the conservative government


SIMON MEDLEY, Community pharmacist

as proven by the thumbs down


Dave Downham, Manager

...and in England...?

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