Contractors now have four weeks to read and reflect on the RSG’s proposals. During this time contractors can participate in a series of national and regional contractor briefing events. These events will be an opportunity for contractors to hear directly from RSG members about the proposals and to ask them questions.
A three-week voting period will start in the w/c 23rd May, when contractors will be asked to vote to either accept, or reject, the proposals in full. Contractors will be able to cast their vote, one-vote per contract held, through a secure and independent online voting system.
Further instructions about how to prepare for voting online will be sent to contractors shortly via post and electronically to pharmacy premises’ NHSmail email addresses.
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Statements from the RSG
Stephen Thomas, Superintendent Pharmacist, Rowlands Pharmacy, said:
“The work of the RSG has been about analysing, listening and ultimately finding a way to take forward the findings of the independent review that works for all contractors. There have been difficult discussions, but that has been our only focus throughout.
We hope this report persuades you that our proposals will lead to very positive changes for the future, with the potential for further change building on these first steps, which all contractors can and should support.”
Mark Burdon, Independent Contractor, North East, said:
“Our proposals have been designed to give NHS community pharmacy owners in England stronger representation, better and more consistent support, and a more unified voice to Government and the NHS.
This will in turn help us all to serve our communities, being fully supported to offer a range of innovative services.’”
Peter Cattee, CEO, PCT Healthcare, said:
“Given the significance of the rapid changes to the NHS structures, the importance of the national negotiations, as well as the issues identified in the Wright Review, doing nothing is not an option.”
Tricia Kennerley, VP, Director International Public Affairs, Walgreens Boots Alliance, said:
“These proposals will not go far enough for some, and they will not be exactly what every individual contractor wants to read. But what these proposals do is reflect a consensus – a middle-ground. The RSG’s challenge was to find a way through conflicting views across the sector to find consensus that we could turn into a plan. We hope contractors agree this is a positive and bold first step in the right direction.”
Aneet Kapoor, Independent Contractor, Greater Manchester, said:
“These proposals can put contractors in control of the size and shape of LPCs at a local level, using the Wright Review’s substantial evidence base about the efficiencies available in the LPC network. Analysis in 2020 estimated that up to £2.7m pa could be released from the LPC network to provide better contractor representation and support across England: as contractors, we absolutely must have our levy funding spent in the most effective way.’ Aneet Kapoor, Independent Contractor, Greater Manchester.”