Contractor views

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.

Smoking cessation manoeuvres

Lambeth Council has arranged a series of meetings around the provision of smoking cessation services, Dilip Joshi writes.

Onlooker's Notebook - July 2017

From the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s point of view, the outcome of the General Election could be a good thing.

Waiting for the axe to fall

Our correspondent deplores the advent of 'magic money tree economic theory'.  

My manifesto for pharmacy

Mukesh Lad sets out his own manifesto to ensure a strong and stable future for community pharmacy.

Tackling the bumph

LPC chairman Dilip Joshi begins his month helping contractors jump the many and various hurdles needed to qualify for extra payments.

Painted into a corner?

Moved by Matisse, Sid Dajani wishes politicians could be as creative in their approach to the NHS.  

Now we've lost the argument...

Our correspondent wants to see a change of tune from pharmacy’s representative bodies.

An Onlooker's Notebook - June 2017

I was not surprised to read that Sue Sharpe had decided to call it a day as chief executive of the PSNC at the end of the year.

Fair and square?

The push for local commissioning is laudable, but how can it possibly work, asks Mukesh Lad, chairman of the LIPCO federated group

MAS a victim of success

Cutting back on the succesful Minor Ailments Service in his area – if combined with a ban on the prescribing of OTCs – will add to the pressure on A&Es, says LPC chairman Dilip Joshi

The frustration game

What we all need right now is a dose of good leadership, says Sid Dajani in latest installment of the Bishopstoke Chronicles
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