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NPA members considering strike action over funding

NPA chairman Andrew Lane said members are considering striking over Treasury's reluctance to write off £370 million in advanced funding.

Five London pharmacies to run virtual heart clinics

Five London pharmacies will run virtual heart screening clinics for over 65s who suffer shortness of breath.  

Treasury stance on Covid costs 'not in line with ministers' promises'

Treasury's refusal to offer contractors more cash is 'not in line with ministers' promises' says PSNC chief Simon Dukes. 

Annual GPhC fee reviews could be replaced by ‘multi-year cycle’

The GPhC is to hold a consultation on plans to set its registration fees for a multi-year period, rather than reviewing them each year.

Pharmacy colleagues thanked in joint letter from regulators

Pharmacy colleagues have been thanked for their ongoing work throughout the Covid-19 pandemic in a joint letter from UK regulators. 

Charity launches online training for community pharmacy

Cancer Research UK is inviting community pharmacy teams to take part in its ‘Talk Cancer for Pharmacy’ live online workshops.

Surgeon tackling vaccine hesitancy in BAME groups

A leading surgeon is focusing on tackling ‘vaccine hesitancy’ among black and minority ethnic (BAME) groups. 

Survey will look at impact of delayed exam on prov-regs

The UKCPA has launched a survey to understand how the delay to the assessment has affected prov-regs. 

PDA gains union recognition at Lloyds through voluntary agreement

Lloyds pharmacists to have their pay negotiated by PDAU after voluntary union recognition agreement. 

Hospital admissions for drug-related mental disorders decreasing

Hospital admissions for drug-related mental and behavioural disorders in England are decreasing.

1k jabs per week rule to stay ‘until supply improves’

The Government won’t relax rules preventing smaller pharmacies from taking part in the Covid-19 vaccination programme until “supply allows".

Avicenna pharmacy joins Covid-19 jab drive

A Covid-19 vaccination centre run by Avicenna has opened at a pharmacy in Swindon.

MHRA analysis confirms Covid vaccine safety

The MHRA has said an analysis on approved Covid vaccines shows they are safe despite mild side-effects.

Pharmacy Magazine Podcast - Talking Pharmacy 4/2/21

Good Week Bad Week returns – the prov-reg fiasco, vaccinations and a major consumer survey looking at pharmacy advice all feature. Plus contractors face a huge hit over methadone fees, Simon Dukes talks tough and the PDA invokes the Dunkirk spirit. Plus why the month of February is an infrequent source of neat nerdy joy...

PHE pulls guidance advising against Covid testing in pharmacies

NPA seeking clarification on how new guidance will apply to pharmacies.

First person: Why were we down £50,000?

Pharmacy contractors providing methadone services stand to lose thousands of pounds because of reduced client contacts during the pandemic – and many aren't even aware of the financial hit they are facing.

PDA: Use every pharmacy for second Oxford jab doses

The PDA says all community pharmacies should deliver second doses of AstraZeneca's vaccine.

DH activates shortage protocol for thyroid drug

The Government has issued a serious shortage protocol for levothyroxine 12.5mcg tablets in response to “significant ongoing disruption” to supply.

Vaccine ‘time bomb’ in Wales if pharmacies not utilised

Wales faces a “ticking time bomb” if work does not begin to commission community pharmacies to administer Covid vaccines says CPW chair. 

PSNC 'forced' to go public on 'irritating' DH negotiations

Negotiator forced to air grievances in public due to the unwillingness of policy makers to engage on key issues, says Simon Dukes.

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