PSNC was granted permission for the Judicial Review from the High Court in December last year. The PSNC case is that the Secretary of State failed to carry out a lawful consultation on the proposals for community pharmacy.
Click here to read more about PSNC’s application for leave for a Judicial Review.
The NPA’s case is focused on arguments that the Secretary of State failed to properly discharge his Public Sector Equality Duties and failed to appreciate community pharmacy’s wider healthcare role. The NPA will release their own information about their case.
The barristers representing the various parties are:
- Alison Foster QC (PSNC)
- David Locke QC (NPA)
- James Eadie (DH)
The judge may reserve making a decision at the end of the hearing, and if this happens we may not know the outcome of the cases for several weeks. It is not helpful to speculate on what the outcome may be at this stage.
PSNC Chief Executive Sue Sharpe said:
“PSNC very much regrets that it became necessary to take this unprecedented step. We have always sought to work constructively and collaboratively with the NHS and Department of Health. Over many years our negotiations were characterised by robust exchanges and a willingness on both sides to listen and consider each others’ views and analysis, and we were able to reach agreement.
This changed last year and the Department would not engage with us constructively on the most important elements of the 17 December 2015 letter.
PSNC’s focus this week will be on the hearing to ensure that our case is presented in the best way. We will issue a further statement after the proceedings.”
The NPA Chairman, Ian Strachan, has issued a video message to contractors from the NPA about the Judicial Review. This can be view below.