‘Community pharmacies at risk of layoffs and service reductions without funding boost’, says NPA

The National Pharmacy Association (NPA) has raised concerns over the upcoming increase in the National Living Wage, saying it will make things even worse
for local pharmacies already facing nearly a decade of cuts in real terms.

Scheduled to go up from £10.42 to £11.44 per hour starting April, the National Living Wage rise is expected to put a lot of financial pressure on many pharmacies.

The NPA says “it will cost them over £10,000 in salary bills, and for some, even more, without getting more from the NHS funds. and has asked the government to
deal with the ongoing problem of underfunding for community pharmacies.

The association has warned that without additional funds, pharmacies could face staff layoffs or reduced services to cover the increased wages, calling for
a “comprehensive new funding deal to prevent further closures of vital local services, which have been shutting at the rate of eight a week.”