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The Pharmaceutical Services (Advanced and Enhanced Services and Emergency Declaration) (Amendment) (England) Directions 2021

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 September to 31 January 2022.

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.

View the directions (PDF: 212KB).