By Graham Phillips, Manor Pharmacy Group.

I am so saddened by the tragic loss of life of my colleagues. And with every additional life lost I have become incandescent with rage that NHS England continues to insist that community pharmacy teams don’t need PPE. Here’s why.

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By Nigel Chivers.

The daily reporting of deaths caused by Covid-19 has become the leading news item across the media – but are they telling the whole story? 

A regular statistical news diet of hundreds of daily Covid-19 victims, and thousands cumulatively, have brought us all face-to-face with the process of dying and fuelled considerable anxiety. People are shocked at the numbers and fearful for themselves and their loved ones. An impending sense of doom and catastrophe is spreading across large swathes of the population.

Such anxiety is understandable, and every death is a tragedy for family and friends. But I wonder if we did not have daily mortality updates beamed into our sitting rooms each evening how the broader population would react?

For death is a daily business. And before Covid-19 death wasn’t news.

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By Mark Lyonette, chief executive, NPA.

The crucial work of pharmacy teams during the current Covid crisis must be recognised in a meaningful way.

Pharmacies are on the frontline of the national effort to limit the impact of coronavirus and keep people well, but there will come a time – let us hope soon – when the current situation is under control and people’s thoughts can turn to the future.

When that time comes, the crucial work of pharmacy teams during the crisis must be recognised in a meaningful way, by the NHS, Government and other stakeholders. We will remind them that, in the country’s hour of need, pharmacy teams stepped up, did their duty and saved lives.

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One thing the Covid-19 crisis has highlighted is that if ever there was an organisation that is failing with a leadership that is flailing, it is NHS England. By Alexander Humphries*.

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Solicitor Noel Wardle considers the concerns raised by community pharmacists about liabilities when using volunteers to deliver medicines.

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