By Alexander Humphries*

As I write this I am sitting in my bunker surrounded by boxes of stock. I know we have been told not to stockpile but to my mind it is a case of ‘needs must’ for my patients...

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By Jeremy Meader, managing director of Numark

Does NHS England or the Department of Health and Social Care recognise and appreciate fully the contribution of community pharmacy?

We all know the answer to that, but actually it is the wrong question. What we need to ask is how we can change that dynamic, move forward and secure a future that is financially sustainable, improves outcomes for patients and demonstrably helps the NHS address the huge challenges it faces.

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By Andrew Evans, chief pharmaceutical officer for Welsh Government

Independent community pharmacy understands the needs of communities because it is part of those communities – but there are very real threats to its future.

These threats are not from governments, automation, hub-and-spoke, changes in supervision, or clinical pharmacists in GP practices – believe it or not, these are opportunities. The threats don’t even come from Brexit.

The real threat is a change in consumer behaviour and a failure of pharmacies to adapt to that change. We are mistaken if we believe citizens will continue to access pharmacies in the same way and for the same reasons they do now.

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By NPA policy manager Helga Mangion

The Government has said ‘prevention is better than cure’ will be at the heart of the NHS Long-Term Plan. A key goal will be to improve healthy life expectancy by at least five extra years by 2035 and to close the gap between the richest and poorest.

That closely resembles one of the acid tests the NPA recently set out for the Long-Term NHS Plan, namely – will the poorest patients and communities benefit from the new investment promised? Other success criteria suggested by the NPA for the long-term plan seem to find a mirror in the vision document that accompanied Mr Hancock’s speech.

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By Alexander Humphries

Last week I decided to confront one of my most difficult patients. It was not an easy thing to do but it was necessary – and the outcome was rather surprising...

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