We are pleased to announce that our run of new contract successes has continued and we have secured a new pharmacy contract for one of our clients in Cambridgeshire. Our client is currently an employee pharmacist and this will be his first business of his own.

The application raised particular issues about rural locations and whether the local dispensing doctors would be allowed to retain their dispensing rights to patients living within 1 mile if our client's pharmacy was to open. In normal circumstances GP dispensing is protected if the population within 1 mile is less that 2,750, but in this case we argued that this rule should not apply and the Oral Hearing Panel accepted that our interpretation of the Regulations was correct.

The decision relating to the GP dispensing rights was hugely important to our client as it directly affected the value of the new pharmacy. The rules  on controlled localities and rurality can be complex and we regularly see pharmacy applicants failing to address the issues properly at an early stage and losing their case as a result.

Our client is now securing premises and will be opening the pharmacy later this year and we wish him the best of luck with this new business.