Analysis

Autumn 2018 budget announced

Chancellor Philip Hammond has today (Monday 29 October) delivered his 2018 budget, describing it as bringing an end to the “age of austerity”

WannaCry cyber attack cost the NHS £92m

The figure includes ‘lost output’ of patient care caused by reduced access to information and cancelled appointments, and additional IT support provided to restore data and systems

MHRA no-deal Brexit consultation closes soon

The consultation deals with how legislation and regulatory processes would have to be modified in the event of the UK not securing a deal with the EU after the UK’s exit, with no implementation period

NHS England sets out vision for technology in healthcare

The policy paper from NHS Digital says the state of online services, basic IT and clinical tools in health and care is far behind where it needs to be

Special report: Irish pharmacy still reeling from the recession

A decade after the financial crash crippled the Irish economy and ushered in an era of Government austerity, PM meets with Ireland’s community pharmacy representative body to learn how the sector has coped

Heated debate on rebalancing board proposals

A heated debate is raging concerning the consultation by the Government’s rebalancing board on proposed changes to the legislation that deals with responsible pharmacists and superintendent pharmacists

Panorama finds some online prescribers making risky sales

A BBC Panorama programme will “reveal online doctor sites putting profit before patient care” by prescribing and selling certain medicines, the broadcaster says

Tech talk: Pharmacy riding the technology wave

If you are looking for a template for pharmacy IT innovation, then look around you – there’s lots going on

Academics question value of 28-day prescribing

Issuing prescriptions for longer than 28 days may result in NHS savings – but what about the impact on pharmacy remuneration?

Analysis: Specials market now strong and stable?

After an extended period of volatility, the specials market seems to be enjoying some relative stability

Conference call: Pharmacy Show 2017

Pharmacy technicians, the Primary Care Home model and antimicrobial resistance were just some of the topics discussed at this year's Pharmacy Show. Read the full round up here...

Market update: generics cash flow havoc

As pharmacies in England deal with yet another substantial ‘margin recovery’ exercise, will new regulations see an end to the financial disruption?

Revealed: how Government spends our money

The Government expects to spend £802 billion in 2017-18, the most it has ever spent in cash terms

The Big Debate: Pharmacy technicians and supervision

Should technicians have more responsibility and even be allowed to supervise the sale and supply of medicines?

Judicial review aftermath: Pharmacy down but not out?

One month on from the judicial review, we examine the implications of the judgment and ask what happens now?

Time to get on with IT in pharmacy

Digitisation is a key priority for the NHS and a fundamental element of pharmacy’s new contractual arrangements in England

Getting to grips with the Quality Payments scheme

What is the new Quality Payments scheme and how do you secure the available funding? All the answers here

Health screening: Testing times

Technological advances mean that pharmacy has an increasingly important role to play in screening and diagnostics

Update: Special guidance

Recent RPS guidance puts the prescribing of specials back under the microscope

Antibiotic scripts fall for the first time in England

New PHE data has recorded a 4.3 per cent decline in antibiotic prescriptions in England

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