As you will know Gateshead and South Tyneside LPC, along with our colleagues in Co Durham and Darlington LPC and North of Tyne LPC have been exploring the options of forming a provider company. A vote and EGM was held jointly where 80% of contractors voting across the three LPC areas voted in favour. This now allows the LPC’s to proceed with the formation of PSNE Ltd (Pharmacy Services North East).
The company will be used as a vehicle by the LPC’s to work with the ever changing NHS to ensure that Community Pharmacy is able to bid for services in the future.
More information about the company and membership details will be published shortly.
The votes for the three LPC areas were as follows..
Gateshead & South Tyneside LPC - 80% in Favour
Co Durham & Darlington LPC - 79% in Favour
North of Tyne LPC - 82% in Favour
Dave Carter, Chairman of Gateshead & South Tyneside LPC said
“Gateshead and South Tyneside LPC have been monitoring the changing NHS landscape and have discussed the option of forming a provider company for a number of years. Now working with our colleagues across the the region we have been able to propose a provider company that is fit for purpose, fit for the future and gives community pharmacy a fighting chance in the ever changing NHS landscape. We are delighted that 80% of the voting contractors were in favour and we look forward to opportunities this will present for community pharmacy in our area over the coming years.”