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Featured, Concerns over PCN impact on employment

The PDA says “an increasing number” of pharmacists have concerns over the impact of PCNs on their employment.

Over 80 CCG mergers likely by April 2020

Nearly half of CCGs are proposing to merge in the biggest cull of NHS organisations for more than a decade.

DHSC tackles “inequitable” reimbursement patterns

The Government has launched a consultation on community pharmacy reimbursement reforms.

Pre-reg exam pass rate lowest for eight years

Only 72% of candidates passed June’s pre-registration exam - the lowest level in eight years. 

New contract: services pave way to clinical future

The new contractual framework will considerably expand clinical services from pharmacies over the next five years.

“Even more concerns” around new apprenticeship proposal

The PDA said the second proposal for a pharmacy apprenticeship has generated "even more serious concerns" than the first.

“A curate’s egg” - responses to funding deal come in

Community pharmacy's unprecedented five-year funding deal has been met with a range of responses.

Pharmacy PCN funding to be finalised next week

The PSNC's Alastair Buxton said the level of community pharmacy funding for primary care networks has not been finalised.     

NHS England rebrands DMIRS as CPCS

The Digital Minor Illness Referral Service has been renamed the NHS Community Pharmacist Consultation Service.

Scottish contractors see fine print of 2019-20 settlement

Part 7 Drug Tariff discount clawback for contractors in Scotland has been retrospectively reset.

‘Broad support’ for proposals on new education standards for pharmacists

Responses to a GPhC consultation indicate "broad support" for plans to integrate academic study and practical experience.

RPS launches members survey after damning views from pharmacists

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has launched its own survey to gauge what its members think about it.

RPS stays silent on Ash Soni unlawful dispensing

The RPS fails to respond to questions on whether it took action against Ash Soni over unlawful dispensing at his pharmacy.    

GPs disregard pharmacist recommendations in new study

GPs trialling a new model of care were often reluctant to follow pharmacist recommendations, say researchers.

FtP concerns raised with GPhC up 15% on previous year

The GPhC dealt with more Fitness to Practise concerns in 2018-19, though fewer individuals were removed from the register.

Reissner: RPS public body status may impact legal case

David Reissner says it is “by no means clear” the RPS is a public body as Sid Dajani presses for a judicial review.

Majority favour reduction in number of regulators

Most respondents to a government consultation favoured a reduction in the number of healthcare regulators.

RPS is failing independent pharmacists, survey reveals

Pharmacists in independents and small multiples have criticised the RPS for a lack of leadership and relevance.

GP DMIRS could send 20m patients to community pharmacy

A patient referral model could lead to 20.4m GP consultations being transferred to community pharmacy.

We’ll support independents, promises RPS chief

RPS chief Paul Bennett vows to work with independent pharmacists as the new NHS structures emerge.

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