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R number falling suggests latest data from REACT-1 coronavirus study

Study indicates R number could have fallen from 1.47  between 20 August to 26 September to around 1.06.

Male suicide rate highest in 20 years

The male suicide rate in England and Wales in 2019 was the highest since 2000, according to the latest figures from the Office of National Statistics.

STIs rising in England

There were 468,342 diagnoses of sexually transmitted infections in England in 2019, a 5 per cent increase since 2018.

GPhC faces calls to scrap this year’s exam

The GPhC is facing calls to scrap the requirement to sit a registration exam this year. 

Study: More patients relying on pharmacies in pandemic

Consumers increasingly turned to pharmacists during the Covid-19 pandemic for OTC and health advice.

Growth in employee whistleblowing reports to GPhC

The number of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians whistleblowing to the GPhC continues to grow.

People from deprived areas visit A&E in larger numbers

Nearly twice as many people who went to A&E came from the 10 per cent of the population living in the most deprived areas

Call for pharmacy technicians to share Covid experiences

Pharmacists and technicians asked to share experiences of how they adapted practices to ensure patient safety during Covid-19 pandemic 

Revealed: Impact of remote GP consultations on pharmacies

Virtual GP consultations are causing a massive spike in pharmacy workload and sparking patient safety concerns, an exclusive survey shows. 

Pharmacy conducts 1m consultations a week but more evidence needed

A report published by the PSNC today shows pharmacies in England carry out one million consultations each week.

Most pharmacies to be loss-making within four years

Three quarters of English pharmacies are on course to be loss-making in four years unless the sector receives an urgent funding boost, a report finds.

PSNC Dukes: ‘We’re not the rolling over committee’

PSNC chief Simon Dukes has said the negotiator will be prepared to walk away from any inadequate funding deal proposed by the Government.

Tackle competition over flu jabs, Hancock urged

Hancock should seek to minimise competition between GP practices and community pharmacies over the provision of flu jabs, a Tory MP says. 

Covid-19 – recognising the new normal

We examine the seven types of coronavirus that infect humans. 

CCA tells LPC members to promote its views on representation

CCA tells its local pharmaceutical committee representatives they are to promote the views of member companies on the Wright review. 

Wealth and riches in lockdown

This year’s Sunday Times Rich List revealed that wealthy figures in the pharmaceuticals industry will benefit from Covid-19.

Contractors get £2k per month for Pharmacy First Plus service

Community pharmacy contractors in Scotland will receive a monthly fee of £2,000 for offering the new Pharmacy First Plus service, it has been revealed. 

Covid infection rates were falling in early July

REACT-1 study results give snapshot of Covid situation in late June and early July as lockdown started to ease.

PDA asks GPhC if it will examine non-reporting of Covid infections

The PDA writes to the GPhC to ask if it will investigate why no pharmacy employer has reported occupational Covid infections.

Community pharmacy vaccinations on the rise worldwide

Community pharmacy-based vaccinations are rapidly increasing worldwide, with almost twice as many people able to be immunised in a pharmacy compared to four years ago.

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