A multi-million pound funding and commissioning agreement has been announced for Community Pharmacy.
The £13.25 million funding follows the first time that an agreement on the commissioning and funding of Community Pharmacy has been reached in Northern Ireland.
Health Minister Robin Swann said the agreement provides a “firm foundation that will enable Community Pharmacy to play a full part” in the future of the Health and Social Care (HSC) system.
“I recognise all the hard work that has brought us here today,” he said.
“I welcome the new approach to collaborative working which I believe will be beneficial for the HSC, pharmacies, and all those who use their services.”
Gerard Greene, chief executive of Community Pharmacy NI, said the funding will help sustain and expand transformative services provided by community pharmacists as well as easing workforce pressures and financial uncertainty.
“This funding will allow the Community Pharmacy network to sustain and develop services to build upon its vital, frontline role,” he said.
“This allocation signals a move forward for Community Pharmacy as a key service in the new post-Covid Health and Social Care system supporting important service provision to patients.
“It is a clear recognition of the critical role of the sector, not only in the safe supply of medicines, but as the fabric which holds local communities together in times of crisis.”