We are pleased to have acted for Borno Chemists to secure them permission to re-open their pharmacy in west London. The pharmacy had operated until March 2017 as an LPS pharmacy, which meant that it was commissioned locally by the NHS. NHS London decided to cancel the LPS contract and the pharmacy was forced to cease operating as an NHS pharmacy while Borno Chemists applied for a new pharmacy contract.
As there were a number of pharmacies in the local area we were aware that there would be significant opposition to our client's plans and local pharmacies engaged solicitors to oppose the application. The local NHS Area Team refused our client's application and, on appeal, NHS Resolution decided to hold an oral hearing to determine the outcome. We represented our client at the oral hearing and were supported by a number of witnesses including patients who used the pharmacy before it had to close and a doctor from the St Charles Centre for Health and Wellbeing. One of the witnesses was a survivor of the Grenfell Tower disaster and the leader of a Grenfell survivors group as Grenfell Tower is located close to the St Charles Centre.
The oral hearing panel unanimously found in favour of our client and the pharmacy has been able to re-commence providing pharmaceutical services from the site.
The full decision can be found here.