Association of Pharmacy
Technicians UK (APTUK)
The Professional Leadership Body for Pharmacy Technicians
Published: 29th October 2017
Celesio UK, owner of LloydsPharmacy, has announced its intention to cease trading in approximately 190 of its stores in England.
Celesio UK has indicated that this will be through store closures and selling of pharmacies. Celesio UK has said it would take every opportunity to support a smooth transition to new contractors where possible. Where pharmacies have been identified for closure this has been based on a review of other community pharmacy provision in the area and Celesio UK have looked at mitigating the impact on patients as much as possible.
Cormac Tobin, managing director, Celesio UK, said: “Changes to government policy on reimbursement and retrospective clawbacks over the past two years have gradually made operations at many LloydsPharmacy stores commercially unviable. We will be doing all that we can to support our affected colleagues and minimise disruption for patients.
APTUK President Tess Fenn said:
“APTUK will be keeping abreast of this news and are in communication with LloydsPharmacy to understand how this will affect Pharmacy Technician employees. Cormac Tobin has indicated that a ‘new operational framework is needed to meet the future needs of patients’. He believes ‘creating a thriving pharmacy network that continues to offer essential integrated healthcare that is rooted in local communities’ is the future. To support this Tobin has said it will mean ‘harnessing the skills of our people to provide a broader range of healthcare in people’s homes, communities or wherever they need it’. APTUK believes Pharmacy Technicians, as registered and accountable professionals, have an important role to play in these healthcare settings working together with pharmacists and the pharmacy team. APTUK is available to support Pharmacy Technicians during this period of change.”