The Court of Appeal has backed the High Court’s ruling that the Government was not acting unlawfully when imposing a reduction in community pharmacy funding.
It means that current funding arrangements for pharmacies in England will remain in place “for this financial year and beyond,” pending negotiations on a new style pharmacy contract.
Following this latest court decision, PSNC said: “We expect that funding negotiations for 2018/19 will begin shortly and PSNC’s ambition is to return to a collaborative working relationship with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and NHS England on funding and other matters. The process of rebuilding relationships has been an early priority for PSNC’s new Chief Executive, Simon Dukes.”
PSNC and the National Pharmacy Association had each sought a Judicial Review of the Secretary of State’s decision in October 2016 to cut pharmacy funding. In May 2017, the High Court had ruled that the Jeremy Hunt’s actions were not unlawful.
Subsequently, PSNC and the NPA took the case to the Court of Appeal, but this has now upheld the High Court ruling. Part of the legal arguments had been around pharmacy operating margins.