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Analysis

PCN expectations ‘unrealistic’ say pharmacy bodies

NHS England & Improvement has been criticised as having “unrealistic” expectations of pharmacists beginning to work in PCNs.

No-deal Brexit preparations wound down

DHSC advises no-deal preparations should cease.

Patients urged to cancel GP appointments

More than one million people a month fail to attend GP appointments.

Worrying number of pharmacies running a deficit

A recent analysis commissioned by GPhC suggests a worrying number of pharmacy businesses are operating at a deficit.

Flu cases continue to rise

The final days of 2019 saw influenza activity continuing to increase in the community.

Steve Brine: “Madness” to do more work for same money

Brine says it would be “madness” for the government to expect pharmacists to do more work for the same or less money.

Exclusive: Survey points to strong support for PDA

The Pharmacists’ Defence Association enjoys high levels of support among community pharmacists, according to a CIG Research survey.

The generics landscape

With generic shortages now a regular issue, what are pharmacy trade bodies doing to mitigate the situation?

Cochrane: Community pharmacy health promotion benefits patients

Health promotion in pharmacies “probably” improves patient health outcomes while being cost-effective, says Cochrane.

Over a fifth of pharmacists dissatisfied in role, reveals GPhC survey

More than a fifth of pharmacists on the GPhC register who responded to a study said they are dissatisfied in their role.

Commuters link public transport and winter illness

The study of 2,000 people found that 66 per cent are worried they will catch a sore throat or cough while using public transport. 

Hub and spooked?

Are hub and spoke models the way forward in improving standards in dispensing and pharmacy healthcare generally? 

Numbers being treated for drugs and alcohol stay flat

Numbers in contact with drug and alcohol services between April 2018 and March 2019 remains flat at around 268,000.

MHRA explores POM to P switch for the pill and HRT

MHRA looking at reclassification of HRT and OCs to Pharmacy medicines.

Annual pharmacy contractual reviews are ‘vital,’ insists PSNC chief

PSNC chief Simon Dukes reminds pharmacists unhappy with the five-year deal not to forget about annual reviews.

Make EHC available "without consultation" argues Royal College

EHC should be reclassified as GSL and “sold off the shelf without consultation,” the RCOG has said.

Practice pharmacists up 40 per cent in one year

There were 1,833 pharmacists in GP practices in England in September 2019 versus 1,304 in September 2018.

GE19: What do the manifestos say about pharmacy?

Where do the main parties stand on health, and what are their plans for pharmacy?

Exclusive: Over 17k CPCS referrals in first two weeks

Pharmacies in England received over 17,000 referrals through the consultation service during the first two weeks. 

Exclusive: Pharmacists planning to vote Conservative, survey suggests

A CIG survey suggests the Conservative Party has the strongest backing among community pharmacists.

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