This is an announcement on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC).
The declaration of emergency requiring the flexible provision of pharmaceutical services, made in the directions signed in March 2020, will now be extended from 30 June to 30 September 2021.
This will allow temporary changes to pharmacy opening hours or temporary closure of pharmacy premises in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, where there are adequate reasons, to continue. In the case of the temporary closure of a pharmacy premises, a dispensing doctor may be required to provide pharmaceutical services to other patients, in order to maintain the adequate provision of pharmaceutical services.
The directions are available here: The Pharmaceutical Services (Advanced and Enhanced Services and Emergency Declaration) (Amendment) (England) Directions 2021 (PDF:1.6MB)
Pharmacy contractors should note that the Directions are not reflected in the published July 2021 Drug Tariff.