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Pharmacy capable of delivering millions of Covid jabs, survey finds

Over 90 per cent of community pharmacists would be eager to take part in an annual Covid-19 booster vaccination programme similar to the flu jab service given the right funding and support, a new survey shows.

People from deprived areas most likely to suffer diabetes complications

People living in socially deprived areas of Scotland are more likely to experience life-threatening complications of type 1 diabetes, according to a new study.

GPhC's pandemic response to be reviewed this year

The Professional Standards Authority is unlikely to publish a report into the GPhC's performance "before late in the year".

GPhC too soft on corporate multiples claims PDA

The GPhC is disproportionately tough on individual registrants compared to pharmacy owners and premises, the PDA has claimed. 

Cough & cold OTC market shrank by 30% in 2020

A dramatic reduction in the size of the OTC cough and cold market during the pandemic could become a long-term trend, the PAGB has warned. 

Over 90% of pharmacists want yearly Covid jab service

Pharmacists want to lead on an annual service similar to flu jabs, but have concerns around capacity and policymakers' attitudes, new data shows.

CCGs to be 'subsumed' into ICS before end of 2021

ICSs will also take on community pharmacy commissioning once they are established.

More powers to be devolved to GPhC under proposed legislation

The Government is proposing that health regulators such as the GPhC are given greater powers to set more of their operating procedures.

OTC analgesic prescribing fell just 4% after NHS guidance

NSH guidance aimed at reducing prescriptions for OTC medicines saw a drop of just 4.4 per cent for simple analgesia prescriptions in its first year.

GPhC under mounting pressure over exam booking chaos

The GPhC is coming under increasing pressure to ensure trainees can sit the assessment next month.

Pharmacist safety reports plummet by 43%

A distinct trend towards reduced reporting of patient safety incidents by pharmacies has continued throughout the Covid-19 pandemic says the NPA.

GPhC seeks permanent remote FtP hearing powers

The GPhC is seeking permanent legal powers that will allow it to hold remote fitness to practise hearings and to make certain hearings private.

'More funding' needed for representation reforms

The group set up to take forward the Wright reforms will hold a virtual event next month to update contractors.

Local authorities get funding to improve access drug treatment services and to expand naloxone and needle and syringe programmes

Annual GPhC fee reviews could be replaced by ‘multi-year cycle’

The GPhC is to hold a consultation on plans to set its registration fees for a multi-year period, rather than reviewing them each year.

Six in 10 struggling to stay positive in third lockdown

Many in the UK are struggling to maintain a positive mental outlook during the current lockdown, a recent Ipsos MORI poll reveals.

GPhC decision on antisemitism case referred to high court

A GPhC fitness to practise ruling has been referred to the High Court after the regulator was accused of failing to make a finding of antisemitism.

EPS nominations and NHS app usage on rise during Covid

There were 41.34 million EPS nominations by 11 December this year, up by 8.27m over 12 months, according to NHS Digital

GPhC will help all existing pharmacists become prescribers

The GPhC says it will take steps from 2021 onwards to support all pharmacists who are already on the register to train as independent prescribers.

Pandemic boosts short term outlook, but long term concerns remain

Uptick in short term business confidence, but long term outlook remains poor, according to a survey. 

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