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Pharmacy: Coronavirus

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 92644, tabled on 22 September 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what role he plans local pharmacies to play in delivering the Government’s ambition for widespread national testing for covid-19; and whether he plans to allocate additional funding to the pharmacy sector to ensure that sector's long term sustainability.

Answered on

6 November 2020

We will use existing testing facilities to meet our testing priorities. This will mean using testing both across National Health Service and Public Health England settings (pillar 1), as well as through pillar 2 tests at drive through, walk in and via home testing groups. As part of the 2020 Comprehensive Spending Review, funding for community pharmacy is being discussed.