CPE April Committee Meeting Concludes: Know Key Matters Discussed

A full CPE Committee Meeting was organised in London on April 17 and 18, 2024, to discuss crucial sectoral issues.

Key topics discussed during the two-day meeting included intolerable pressures on pharmacy owners, the ongoing Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (CPCF)
negotiations, implementation of the Pharmacy First service, and governance changes.

Committee Members reviewed the progress of CPCF negotiations with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and NHS England. These critical negotiations
are being led by the Negotiating Team (NT), which includes independent pharmacy owners and representatives of CCA and non-CCA multiples.

The CPE has been advocating for an uplift to the core global sum, margin write-offs, an agreed mechanism for regular funding increases linked to activity and
inflation, annual uplifts to service fees, more fundamental reform of the margin delivery framework and an economic review of the medicines supply chain.

The Committee also discussed the results of the 2024 Pharmacy Pressures Survey, which was conducted during March and April.