Contractor views

The sun always shines on TV?

The media spotlight falling on pharmacy twice in the past few weeks has made for some uncomfortable viewing

Quantum leap

Sid Dajani finds similarities between the complexities of quantum mechanics and the NHS.

Hard times

LPC chairman and NPA board member Dilip Joshi hopes that a fundamental review of pharmacy’s contractual framework happens sooner rather than later.

Triumphs and tribulations

LPC chairman and NPA board member Dilip Joshi suggests hypertension gets the flu jab treatment and is bemused by different justification for the decommissioning of MAS.

Living the scream

As Sid Dajani readies for the launch of his new travel service, he’s concerned how independents across the country will thrive in 2018.

Decision time

At the start of a new year, independents nationwide need to show their resolve even more than ever, says Mukesh Lad.

Supportive measures

Dilip Joshi welcomes government moves to introduce organ donation opt-out.

Double, double, toil and trouble

Sid Dajani feels fright night has set in at the Department of Health.

Winning hearts and minds in Brighton

Dilip Joshi was on the NPA’s award winning stand at the Labour Party Conference in Brighton at the conclusion of another eventful month.

Cash flow critical

There’s only one undisputed issue in community pharmacy right now and that’s cash flow, says Mukesh Lad.

Scotland the brave!

Our correspondent enviously eyes developments north of the border.  

Exit, pursued by a bear

Sid Dajani takes to the stage in a bid to shut out the Department of Health's latest theatrics.

Down to earth as reality bites

LPC chairman Dilip Joshi starts the month full of optimism as he looks forward to his teaching role but is brought back down to earth at the end as a local commissioner cuts service funding

Beware the law of unintended consequences

Changing legislation on supervision is all very well but what does the DH want from us exactly, asks our correspondent

An onlooker's notebook - October 2017

Someone from the BMA has been having a go again at the pharmacy flu service.

Repeat after me: ban won't work

Martin Hao and Quintus Liu, co-founders of Healthera, say the move for clinical commissioning groups to stop pharmacies from repeat ordering is wrong.

Onlooker's Notebook - September 2017

Onlooker will miss John D’Arcy at Numark and contemplates French pharmacy waiting times.

The ball's in whose court?

Professor Stephen Hawking served up an ace with his recent lecture on his concerns for the NHS.

Are you fit for purpose?

It’s time independents took business management seriously, argues Mukesh Lad.

Lessons from charity

A meeting with a charity worker friend causes LPC chairman Dilip Joshi to reflect on how pharmacy’s hands are tied when it comes to helping people in need.
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