Media and Political Bulletin – 18 May 2020

Media and Political Bulletin

18 May 2020

Government guidance published to help ensure workplaces are as safe as possible. The government, in consultation with industry, has published guidance to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic.

There are 8 guides, including on Factoriesplants and warehouses and on Vehicles.

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House of Commons – Written Answer, 15 May 2020

Sara Britcliffe (Hyndburn): To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to allocate additional funding to pharmacies during the covid-19 outbreak.

Jo Churchill: We understand the financial pressure of COVID-19 on community pharmacy which is why £300 million in extra advance payments have been made available to alleviate initial cash flow pressures. The Government has also provided additional funding to community pharmacy to cover costs associated with Bank Holiday opening at Easter and the Early May Bank Holiday and the new medicine delivery service commissioned for shielded patients, as well as making a contribution towards measures taken by community pharmacy to support social distancing.

We continue to work with the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee and NHS England and NHS Improvement to examine what further funding community pharmacy may require to continue to supply medicines and to help their communities stay well.


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Media and Political Bulletin – 18 May 2020

From Factory to Pharmacy

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