Change of Core Pharmacy Hours Approved at Appeal
We recently acted for a client who had tried to change their core hours, but had been refused by NHS England. Changes to core hours can be very difficult to achieve, as unlike supplementary hours, any change required consent from the NHS. In this case we noticed that our client was operating for more than the normal 40 core hours per week and as the NHS had not issued a specific direction to cover the additional hours over 40, we were able to successfully argue that any hours over 40 were not enforceable. The Appeal Unit agreed with us and the pharmacy has been able to reduce its core opening hours.