A community pharmacy in Wales has pledged a 4% funding increase subject to staff salary increases

Community pharmacy teams in Wales could see a 4% pay rise retroactive to April 1, 2022, following a government commitment to increase contract funding for the sector in 2022/23.

In a letter to all community pharmacies as of 7 September 2022, Andrew Evans, Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for Wales, said funding through the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (CPCF) in 2022/2023 would increase by a “further 2% taking into account taking into account the increase in costs and allowances for a total of 4% compared to 2021/2022”.

This will increase annual funding for the CPCF from £154.2m to £157.2m, the letter says.

In 2020, the Welsh Government announced a three-year deal which promised to increase funding by 2%, from £151.2m in 2021/22 to £154.2m in 2022/23.

The uprising comes after Health Minister Eluned Morgan said in a press release dated July 22, 2022 that staff working in community pharmacies should receive ‘a fair, proportionate and equitable pay rise’ in line with that offered to all NHS staff under the terms and conditions of the Agenda for Change.

In July 2022, the NHS Pay Review Body recommended raising the pay of all NHS Agenda for Change staff in England – including hospital pharmacists – by £1,400, which the Unite union says “works at 4% for those in the middle wage brackets”.

In the letter, Evans said the Health Minister’s statement “was explicit in setting out the expectation that increased funding would lead to increased pay for community pharmacy teams”.

He added that the increase in funding “is therefore conditional on each community pharmacy employer ‘granting a salary increase of at least 4%’ to all employed staff directly involved in the direct provision of NHS pharmacy services. ” and be backdated to April 1, 2022.

‘Any member of staff with a basic annual salary of over £45,839 can receive a pay rise of less than 4% provided the increase is at least £1,400…similar to the salary of NHS staff’ , he said, adding that the government “will claw back additional funds from contractors where wage increases have not been implemented”.

The letter added that the funding would be “applied to the various elements of the CPCF,” including through clinical services, the pharmacist-independent prescribing service, and the quality and safety system.

Commenting on the additional funding, Paul Day, director of the Pharmacists’ Defense Association, said: ‘While incentivizing private community pharmacy contractors to raise wages no worse than the government’s plans for their own employees, it’ is better than accepting that they might otherwise do worse. than the NHS, it could also be seen as sending a message to NHS employed pharmacists, who are also represented by the PDA, that the Welsh Government is not listening to their response to the NHS pay proposal.

“Some community pharmacy employers are part of large, for-profit multinational corporations, which may have already decided to grant this level of salary increase due to recruitment and retention pressures.

“In such scenarios, the Welsh Government reimburses these expenses, which will support these employers’ profit margins and have no impact on pay rates.”

In August 2022, Unite began voting with hospital pharmacists across England and Wales on whether NHS staff should take industrial action against the government’s plan to raise wages by at least £1,400 in 2022/2023.

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