Pharmacies in England could face steep funding cuts within weeks that will force some to close, the industry’s negotiating body has said.
The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee told the BBC the Department of Health has drawn up proposals to cut funding by 12% from December.
It said the cuts were “madness” and would damage the NHS and social care.
The Department of Health said no final decision had been made. An announcement is expected shortly.
Sue Sharpe, chief executive of the PSNC, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme the changes would throw the health service into “chaos”, as more people would be forced to turn to GPs instead of pharmacists.