Pharmacists threaten legal action over cuts


Pharmacy groups in England are threatening legal action over proposed funding cuts, Chemist + Druggist (C+D) reports.

Legal firm, Charles Russell Speechlys, representing at least eight pharmacy groups has written to England’s pharmacy minister Alistair Burt warning its clients may take the government to court if it goes ahead with its plan to slash pharmacy remuneration.

The pharmacies are up in arms that the government seems determined to go ahead with a plan to cut funds by 6%. This, the letter said was “legally flawed”.

The law firm says there is a legal requirement of ‘ongoing’ consultation into pharmacy funding, C+D reports.

In its letter, the law firm says the government’s consultation on the due to end on March 24 is “seriously and strikingly deficient”. It also adds that the government has not provided enough detail about the proposed funding changes.

The law firm’s senior healthcare partner, David Reissner says should his company launch a judicial review on the cuts,  he expects others to joint the fight.

It is believed that firm is representing eight clients, some of which operate nationwide, including Kamsons Pharmacy, with 56 branches, Murray’s Pharmacy, based in the Midlands with 25 stores and Hobbs Pharmacy, a 10 store chain, reports C+D.

Charles Russell Speechlys has given the government until March 18 to respond.

 

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