Strengthening Our NHS - Written Question

Question:

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what savings have accrued to his Department as a result of UK NHS Pharmacy 2 U service; and what steps his Department is taking to increase the levels of use of that service.

Answer:

No such assessment has been made of savings accrued as a result of the Pharmacy 2U service.

Under the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework five-year deal, funding has been agreed for the period 2019/20 to 2023/24. Irrespective of the payments made to any specific pharmacy, the total funding for National Health Service pharmaceutical services is to remain at £2.592 billion per year for that period, albeit that a shift in spend from dispensing to more clinical services is expected.

The current Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework outlines our future vision for community pharmacy playing an expanded role in the delivery of health and care in England. Patient choice from which community pharmacy they access NHS pharmaceutical services will continue.