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Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP has welcomed the news that additional funding of £5.5 million will be provided to community pharmacies to help them cope with increased pressures from coronavirus (COVID-19).

Ms Cunningham said:

“Pharmacy workloads have almost doubled during March - with increased prescriptions, staff overtime and a higher level of consultations all resulting in additional costs for the service. I welcome this announcement of an additional £5.5 million for community pharmacies.

“On top of their already heavy workloads, community pharmacists have also been asked to perform an enhanced role during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  Pharmacists are now empowered to support more patients, reducing the pressure on other parts of NHS Scotland through the extension of the Minor Ailment Service.

“There are so many groups of workers who have shown themselves to be absolutely central to the running of our society during these unprecedented times but I want to take this opportunity to
particularly praise and thank all those working in community pharmacies, in my constituency and beyond, for their incredible hard work throughout this pandemic.

“They really are doing an invaluable job as they ensure people continue to receive vital medicines and care throughout this period of challenge for the NHS.”

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Note: The additional funding is intended to help with costs including:
• additional staff hours and locum costs
• the increased amount of medicine prescriptions
• modifications to premises such as installation of protective screens
• additional cleaning costs
• increased phone consultations

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