Pharmacy First service described as ‘slow’, ‘challenging’ and ‘underfunded’

Pharmacy owners discussed the key concerns and priorities for the future at the Community Pharmacy England’s (CPE) digital briefing event held last
week (on 7 May 2024).

More than 500 pharmacy owners and their representatives registered for the event, which provided them an opportunity to learn more about the committee’s work
in key areas and share their views on important issues.

Major concerns raised by them included underfunding, dispensing at a loss, and challenges in implementing Pharmacy First.

Attendees described the new service as “slow”, “challenging” and “underfunded”, while also highlighting the importance of improving GPs’ understanding of the service.