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Analysis

NPA: Pandemic could be behind drop in safety reports

The pandemic has seen a “marked decrease” in independents reporting safety incidents, the NPA has warned.

GPhC lacks power to pursue pharmacy owners, says PDA

The PDA says it is still concerned the GPhC does not have “adequate powers” to regulate pharmacy owners.

Parents happy with pharmacy for childhood vaccinations

Nearly half of parents – 44 per cent – said they would be happy to visit their local pharmacy for vaccination services, a new survey reveals

Four in five prefer a local pharmacy for medicines

Attitudes towards online health consultations are changing, according to a new survey, but local pharmacies continue to enjoy a high level of confidence among patients

PSNC/LPC reforms 'will not give multiples more power'

Professor David Wright says he does not believe his proposals on reforming PSNC and LPCs will give the multiples more power.

Report: PSNC needs radical overhaul to gain leverage with DH

A report into the effectiveness of PSNC and LPCs recommends a radical overhaul of existing structures to strengthen the negotiator's hand.

Pharmacy staff could be first in line for Covid vaccine

Frontline health and social care workers are at increased personal risk of exposure to infection, says the JCVI.

Fitness to Practise complaints jump 40%

The GPhC saw a 40 per cent increase in concerns being raised around pharmacist and pharmacy technicians in April compared to the previous month.

Covid-19 deaths continue to decrease

Deaths involving Covid-19 fall to lowest level in eight weeks.

Test & trace: Pharmacy teams 'exempt if PPE worn'

The DHSC says no pharmacy team member needs to isolate for 14 days if they were wearing PPE at the time of Covid-19 contact.  

Ethnic minorities at greater Covid risk says Government

The pandemic may be exacerbating inequalities along ethnic and occupational lines, Public Health England has found.

March ‘busiest ever month for pharmacy’ NHS data reveals

Pharmacies in England dispensed a record 93 million items in March, NHS BSA data shows, making it the sector’s busiest ever month.

Covid infections in England stable at around 133,000

New infections still running at around 54,000 a week

Half of pharmacists on temporary register unsure about returning

Just over half of pharmacists on the General Pharmaceutical Council’s temporary register are unsure whether they wish to return to pharmacy during the Covid-19 crisis.

Massive leap in GP online consultation capability

Vdeo consultation now available from nearly 100pc of GP practices

PSNC to explore Covid-19 antibody testing in pharmacies

PSNC will explore with NHS England and the government the possibility of pharmacies carrying out Covid-19 antibody testing.

ONS on health workers' Covid-19 risk

Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are in the top 20 occupational groups with potentially the highest exposure to coronavirus, says the ONS.

Revealed: PPE shortages worse in independent pharmacies

Independents report worse shortages of PPE items including surgical masks, but there are worries across the entire sector. 

Survey: Pharmacists ‘treated like dirt' by Government

Community pharmacists feel badly let down by the Government and NHS bodies during the Covid-19 pandemic, a new survey shows.

Black adults four times more likely to die from Covid-19

The risk of death from coronavirus is “significantly higher” among some ethnic groups than others, the Office for National Statistics has said.

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