The new contract is simply part of the DHSC plan to force closures, says Sheffield pharmacist Chris Armstrong

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The clinical service agenda is pharmacy’s best hope for a change in fortunes, says NPA vice chair and chair of policy and practice, Andrew Lane

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By Alexander Humphries*

Even Donald Trump would find it difficult to call the new contract settlement “the best deal in the history of deals” but the ink is now dry and we have to make the most of it...

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By Richard Thomas, editor, Pharmacy Magazine

Is the new contractual framework in England a good deal or a bad one for community pharmacy?

Rather like Orthrus, the two-headed dog in Greek mythology with each head pointing in a different direction, there are two diametrically opposed views on this. Both are represented in this issue, from “total disaster” on the one hand to “best hope of changing our fortunes” on the other.

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By Alexander Humphries

For community pharmacists the last few years have been an emotional roller-coaster, from the pits of despair to the giddy heights of... mere despondency.

If you are anything like me, you will have been living hand-to-mouth, struggling to pay the bills at the end of the month, while the decision-makers from their insulated metropolitan bubbles look to strangle the sector financially because they perceive there are too many pharmacies.

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