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Pharamcy: Coronavirus

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 173014, tabled on 22 March 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to write off the £ 370 million advance payments provided to community pharmacy owners to cover costs incurred during the covid-19 outbreak.

Answered on

25 March 2021

Discussions are ongoing with the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee about additional funding for costs incurred during the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of its ongoing assessment of COVID-19 costs incurred by the sector, the Government will take account of the £370 million increased advance payments paid to community pharmacies

The COVID-19 support package for community pharmacy also included general COVID-19 business financial support, funding for Bank Holiday openings, social distancing measures and the medicine delivery service to shielded patients and free personal protective equipment, as well as non-monetary support, including the removal of some administrative tasks, flexibility in opening hours and the delayed introduction of new services.